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Glowing Mosquitoes −by Jerry Pardubicky ... 4/04
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OHNS Nickel Auction 13 Report William Goetz Collection to sell at FUN2005 ... 4/04
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A Dictionary of Old Hobo Slang −by Stephen Alpert ... 3/04
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Membership Medals Progress Ron Landis' original concept artwork ... 3/04
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BoTales2004#2 Summer BoTales Header created / Spring BoTales mailing completed ... 3/04
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OHNS QD Examiners Expression of gratitude for these folk's contribution to OHNS ... 3/04
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Joe Rust and his racing armadillo "Future Luggage" GMM's 2004 Hobo Tokens ... 3/04
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A challenging project overall Three Lewis and Clark carvings by Steve Adams ... 3/04
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The Results Are Most Impressive Bill Fivaz two ounce silver round carvings project ... 3/04
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An Apparently Nice 2-sided Hobo Nickel A fake nickel carving described by Stephen Alpert ... 3/04
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OHNS Membership Profile Counts after dropping members not renewing for 2004 ... 3/04
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BoTales2004#1 Production status report on spring issue ... 3/04
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OHNS Membership Profile Counts prior to dropping members not renewing for 2004 ... 2/04
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Troy Wiseman Donates OHNS Membership Medals Medal project conceptualization ... 2/04
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Ron Landis Thanks OHNS Museum project donation from OHNS acknowledged ... 2/04
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2004 ANA Summer Scholarships Call for scholarship candidates ... 2/04
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BoTales2004#1 Announcement of change of BoTales Editor ... 2/04
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2004 Prices Realized OHNS Auction #12 Auction held 1/10/04 in Orlando, Florida ... 1/04
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Active Nickel Carvers Abound At FUN2004 Group photo taken in Florida ... 1/04
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OHNS Nickel Auction 12 Announcement of Auction to be held ... 11/03
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A History of Hobo Nickels −by Stephen Alpert ... 9/03
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Jerry Pardubicky ... Click to EMail this person. - April 8, 2004
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1963: In Czechoslovakia age 14.

      My mother was a Stationmaster for state (under communist rule) owned railroad -CSD. I simply fall in love with railroads and people around it and mix my blood with steam at the same time. I still do remember that smell of station floors treated with used oil and that combination of steam and burning coal and ambers - the glowing mosquitoes (as Czech call them) - in the air.

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5 April 2004

      OHNS Nickel Auction 13 Report - As of early April, we already have 74 auction lots for our next auction in January 2005. The sale will feature the William Goetz Collection of hobo nickels, assembled circa 1975-1985. 72 lots of the best pieces from the collection were consigned by his son, new member Noel Goetz. Included are 20 old hobo nickels, and a large group containing the nicest and most creative John Dorusa carvings I have seen, many with animal reverses (11 are two-sided).
      We plan to limit the size of the auction to 150 lots. So at this time we are limiting the submission of MODERN PIECES to a maximum of 3 per person, and they must be of SUPERIOR quality. Consigned old hobo nickels must be of Average or higher quality. So please submit your nicest, most auction-worthy pieces only. We are still welcoming donation lots for OHNS or Gallery Mint Museum's Building Fund. By late September, if space is available, we will accept additional modern Superior carvings. ~ Steve Alpert, Auction Manager ... Click to EMail this person.

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Stephen P. Alpert ... Click to EMail this person. - March 31, 2004
Compiled from many books on hoboes, and also some original material supplied to the author.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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29 March 2004

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Rough Draft Artwork - March 29, 2004
      Membership Medals Progress - Here's rough draft artwork of the membership medal. I used a fictitious number for Troy just to illustrate placement and letter style. Also... I'll probably rework the hobo on the reverse side and make him bigger and fatter to fill it out a little more. My original designs always refine themselves while working on steel. ~ Ron Landis ... Click to EMail this person.
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Pewter Trial Strike - November 1, 2004
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27 March 2004
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BoTales2004#2 - Well... the spring edition has been delivered to everyone except for four new members. I am waiting for extra copies to be sent to me so I can forward them on. While I was waiting I decided to whip up a header for the summer edition... so here you go folks! Since I'm closing in on going to Canada to tease some wilily pickerel I must get things done before I leave.
2 April 2004 - James Taylor just sent me extra copies of BoTales2004#1 by FedEx. They arrived today about 1:30PM and by 1:45PM I had the five waiting envelopes stuffed and I was headed out to the mailbox. Wouldn't you know it... TODAY our mailman was early! So I drove the fifteen minutes to the Post Office to get them on their way to our new members. Sure don't want to frustrate the folks who are newly arrived to the ecstasy of sharing our mutual passion for nickel carvings! ~ Verne R. Walrafen ...
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24 March 2004

OHNS QD Examiners - Certainly a most rewarding experience... receiving wonderful nickel carvings from across our nation to examine! Our "Quality Designation" examiners get to see carvings that they would never have the opportunity to study in any other way. Not only that but they get to do an immeasurable service for all nickel carving collectors and bask in the glow from our Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. heartfelt gratitude. Here are two nickel carvings that just came in for QD'ing. A toothy-smile carving, rated SUPERIOR, that is nice and ususual. Plus a very simple but well done carving of a pig. They are not consigned to the auction so I wanted to share them with you here just as Stephen Alpert shared these top-drawer Bill Fivaz photographs with V-Dubya... Thanks Guys! ~ Verne R. Walrafen ...

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24 March 2004
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Joe Rust and his racing armadillo "Future Luggage" - Whether flying his champion chicken "Peerless Bouillon" out of mailboxes or competing with his fighting rabbit "Spicy Hasenpfeffer"... you can always find Joe doing something out in the woods. Lately it has been swinging a hammer and pouring concrete but it is always something productive. These two solid silver tokens from the bench of Ron Landis commemorate another lucrative sideline that Joe apparently has been pursuing as of late... racing armadillos. What's next... a world class pumpkin cannon? (You really don't believe all this do you?) Anyway... Ron has come up with a great pair of hobo token dies to continue his nine year tradition of striking annual GMM Hobo Tokens. I understand that Ron is considering inviting guest nickel carvers to create carvings to be used in the creation of some of his future annual Hobo Tokens. Now THAT would be exciting! ~ Verne R. Walrafen ...

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22 March 2004
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A challenging project overall - My set of three Lewis&Clark nickel carvings is done, and as much as I hate to say this, it took well over a year from start to finish to get the three completed. The portraits took the longest... 7 days total time. You can see I put my name pretty big on it. I wish I had been using the stereo microscope then, I feel I could have done a better job, much like Jefferson. My technique is improving, as are the tools I am using. Jefferson took 3 1/2 days, but I don't exactly remember how long the L&C compass design took. A guess would be 3 to 4 days. No quickie carvings here.
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It seems my work is evolving lately, so God forbid any major distractions this year, I should be able to produce some more nice work. Portraits are always tough... especially doubles. The reference there is the standard paintings of these two, but I don't know who that artist is. The L&C compass carving was a design I conjured up and was challenging because of the stacked and small elements. The Thomas Jefferson carving is a cropped version of the peace medal... I like the simplicity of it. Naturally all three are for the same client. A challenging project overall. ~ Steve Adams ... Click to EMail this person.

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14 March 2004
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Steve Adams
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Sam Alfano
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Bill Jameson
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Ron Landis
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Joe Paonessa
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The Results Are Most Impressive - Just about a year ago I decided to assemble a set of special carvings by five of our club's modern artists. I wanted to give them as much area to work with as possible, so I sent a two oz. silver round of a buffalo nickel to each of the following carvers: Steve Adams, Sam Alfano, Bill Jameson, Ron Landis, and Joe Paonessa. I commissioned each artist to carve a subject of their choice on both the obverse and the reverse of the round, and as you can see, the results are most impressive. ~ Bill Fivaz ... Click to EMail this person.
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12 March 2004
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An Apparently Nice 2-sided Hobo Nickel - "Interested in selling a hobo coin,,dated 1913,pics enclosed Thanks,,,Frank" This week I was offered an apparently nice 2-sided hobo nickel from an unknown party via email. I had a feeling it could be a fake. He sent me closeup pictures and there were small bumps in the field. I asked about the edge, if there was a seam or filing marks and he said there is a seam. ~ Stephen Alpert ... Click to EMail this person.

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5 March 2004
OHNS Membership Profile
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5 March 2004
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BoTales2004#1 - James Taylor is sending the first BoTales issue for 2004 to the printer today!
( V-Dubya's copy of BT2004#1 arrived Saturday, March 20th. )
29 February 2004
OHNS Membership Profile
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18 February 2004
Troy Wiseman Donates OHNS Membership Medals

      Membership Medals - A new medal is being created for members of OHNS thanks to the generous donation of Troy Wiseman. After hearing a request for new membership cards at the recent general meeting in Orlando, Troy took it upon himself to have copper medals produced to serve this purpose.
      The medals, struck at Gallery Mint, will be roughly half dollar size and feature a typical hobo nickel on the obverse. The reverse side will be individually engraved with the members' name and membership number, with some hobo style artwork on top and bottom.
      To be eligible to receive the medal, you must be a member of OHNS for at least three years, or have a paid up membership for at least three years. Special silver pieces will be created for life members, while gold pieces will be available to the eight charter members of OHNS.
      The project is still in the initial planning stage, so specifics on design and delivery date is not available at this time. A hearty thank you to Troy Wiseman! ~ Ron Landis ... Click to EMail this person.

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Pewter Trial Strike - November 11, 2004
Ron Landis Thanks OHNS

      Gallery Mint Museum Project - I would like to personally thank all members of OHNS on behalf of all of us at Gallery Mint for the recent donation of $1000 to our museum project, and especially to Bill Fivaz, Archie Taylor Sr., and Steve Adams for their auction lots donated.
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      Steve Adams' donation of a carved Morgan dollar deserves special mention as he took some time from his busy schedule to create this lovely work of art that by itself realized a winning bid of $2000 - a possible record for a modern carving, and well deserving. The photo in the catalog does not do this piece justice. Also, I would like to publicly thank Bill Jameson for his donation. Earlier last year, Bill took it upon himself to carve a nickel with my likeness, auctioned it on Ebay, and donated the entire proceeds to our project.
      Proceeds raised from the donation and auction lots (including Bill Jamesons donation) totaled $4250 which has been deposited in a special account earmarked for the building of our permanent museum facility here in Eureka Springs. The museum, when built, will offer visitors a glimpse to the past by seeing how coin making technologies evolved from Ancient Greece through the Industrial Revolution periods. The museum will also serve as a way to preserve the art of hand engraving by offering workshops, seminars, and apprenticeship programs in this fast dying field. A special display on hobo nickels will also be in the museum among other subjects.
      Again, I thank you all for this generous gift, and for all the joy OHNS has brought me over the years. ~ Ron Landis ... Click to EMail this person.

13 February 2004
2004 ANA Summer Seminar Scholarships

      Special Announcement! - One of the founding missions of OHNS is to support education through scholarships to the ANA Summer Seminar. It was decided to continue in 2004 with a contribution to the ANA YN scholarship fund. This will be used in partnership with ANA to award two full OHNS/ANA scholarships to 2 YNs selected by the ANA scholarship committee.
      YNs who are interested in receiving the OHNS/ANA scholarship should submit a scholarship application to Gail Baker at the ANA.
      Applications are available on the ANA web site at: www.money.org.
      In addition, OHNS will pay up to $1000 each for two OHNS members to attend Seminar. $579 of this goes to ANA to pay for tuition, housing and meals; the remainder is used to reimburse travel costs for the selected OHNS members.
      All OHNS members who have paid their dues through 2004 are eligible to receive a full scholarship (tuition, dormitory room at The Colorado College, meals, and travel expenses up to $421) to attend one week of the ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs. Everyone who is interested in attending should contact Gail Baker before March 31, 2004. Please include your name, OHNS number, address, phone number, e-mail address and date-of-birth. Names are placed in the proverbial hat and two names are selected at random on April 15, 2004.
      Gail Baker can be contacted via e-mail or by snail mail at:
The American Numismatic Association
Gail Baker, Director of Education ... Click to EMail this person.
818 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-632-2646, ext. 153
      A course catalog, dates of the Seminar, information and a listing of classes are available at: www.money.org under Educational Programs.
      Please Note - Any member who has 2003 on his/her mailing label and who has not paid the $15 yearly OHNS dues for 2004 will receive only the first issue of BoTales this year and is not eligible for the OHNS scholarship. Dues should be sent to:

OHNS - Verne R. Walrafen, Secretary ...
12000 Sunset Ridge, Ozawkie, KS 66070

February 2004

BoTales2004#1 - The first BoTales issue for 2004 is in the process of being assembled. OHNS is changing BoTales Editors. Don Farnsworth, our "new" Editor, has helped OHNS in this position previously so he has the requisite experience. Please rest assured that he will get the job done!

10 January 2004
  2004 Prices Realized     OHNS Auction #12  
10 January 2004
Paonessa         Sheehan         Jameson         Landis




`Here is the place'
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`Safe camp'
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Alpert         Shireman         Fivaz
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Active Nickel Carvers Abound At FUN2004

FUN2004 - The camaraderie overflowed in Florida this year when folks interested in nickel carving gathered in Orlando in January. Joining Steve Alpert, Newell Shireman (an oldtime hobo) and Bill Fivaz we find Joe Paonessa, Dick Sheehan, Bill Jameson, and Ron Landis... all acomplished nickel carvers! ~  V-Dubya ...

November 2003
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      OHNS Nickel Auction 12 - The Original Hobo Nickel Society will conduct its 12th mail and floor bid auction of hobo nickels at the OHNS General Meeting on Saturday January 10, 2004, at the FUN coin convention in Orlando, Florida. The auction is open to OHNS members only.
      This year's auction begins with 25 better-quality carvings by "Bo" and Bert, followed by some nice Howard Hughes caricature carvings. Plus there is a good selection and variety of old hobo nickels, interspersed with modern carvings by Ron Landis, Steve Adams, Billzach, Lee Griffiths, Joe Paonessa, Dick Sheehan, Owen Covert, John Dorusa, J. Press, Frank Brazzell, and Eddings. There are many superior and creative pieces in the auction. Some miscellaneous carved coins, and hobo postcards round out the sale. There are 106 lots in all.
      The catalogue issue of BoTales will be mailed out in early December. Join now to get yours in time to bid. Pre live-auction bids can be submitted by phone, fax, or email.
      OHNS has a meeting three times a year at every Long Beach Coin Expo show in Long Beach, California, on Saturday afternoon at 2PM.
      Participation in the auction is restricted to OHNS members. Membership is $15.00 per year and includes the large illustrated auction catalogue and a subscription to the BoTales journal. To join OHNS or for more information, write to: Original Hobo Nickel Society, 12000 Sunset Ridge Drive, Ozawkie, KS 66070-6045. Or visit the OHNS website www.hobonickels.org. Collectors also may join at the OHNS bourse table at the FUN show.

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Stephen P. Alpert ... Click to EMail this person. - September 20, 2003
OHNS meeting at the Long Beach Coin Exposition.
The art of altering the features on a coin predates hobo nickels, and was
well established before the appearance of the buffalo nickel in 1913.
Early Altered/Engraved Coins, 1850's to 1912
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The Buffalo Nickel
Classic Old Hobo Nickels, 1913 to 1940
Later Old Hobo Nickels, 1941 to 1981
Modern Hobo Nickels
Collecting Old vs New Hobo Nickels
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