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  53A Models Photo Collection −by John Turner ... 6/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Probably not available from Tiffany & Co. •  
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  Recent Sales of Carved Nickels ~ June 2006 ... 6/06  
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  Steve Ellsworth just raised the bar! −by Verne R. Walrafen ... 6/06  
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  Buying a “Pig in a Poke”! −by V-Dubya ... 6/06  
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  I Won't be Vacationing in the Poconos −by V-Dubya ... 6/06  
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  All The Best From Over The Pond −by Marcus Hunt ... 6/06  
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  The President and Mama Cirelli! −by Michael Cirelli ... 6/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Hobby In Transformation •  
234
  Carving Chips.....   • A Successful Raid on Mr. Cox's eBay Store •  
233
  “Who was first?” Carvings by Steve Adams ... 6/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Tribute to “THE HOBO NICKEL •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Rare Color Locomotive Photograph! •  
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  A Silver Smith and Lapidary −by Ramon Castro ... 5/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • Summer 2006 BoTales Is Progressing! •  
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  The Eclectic World of “The Aurora Borealis Carver” ... 4/06  
227
  The New World of Stephen Cox −by Owen Covert ... 4/06  
226
  Artistry by... Lee R. Griffiths ... 4/06  
225
  Carving Chips.....   • Mr. President... a Penny for Your Thoughts! •  
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  Carving Chips.....   • HarpWeek Presents... Immigrant and Ethnic America •  
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  Railroads, Railroad Owners, Railroad Workers Study List ... 3/06  
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  Dave Wilson gives talk on HOBO NICKELS -from MJRRC Newsletter ... 3/06  
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 ••••• OHNS Website User Survey Results ••••• Who's Out There? ... 3/06 
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  Carving Chips.....   • MamaJo and HoboSanta LeCount •  
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  The First Railroad Ride In California Verne R. Walrafen ... 3/06  
218
  Two More Nicknamed Hobo Nickel Artists −by Covert/DelFavero/Winter ... 3/06  
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  Carving Chips.....   • NOT VERY F.U.N.NY ! •  
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  BT2006#1 ~ Table of Contents −by Don “Sport” Farnsworth ... 3/06  
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29 June 2006
Click to visit John's Photo Collection website.
Click to visit John's '53A Models' Shop website.
If you go back to the British Railways steam era, each locomotive carried a small oval cast iron plate on its smokebox door which included two numbers and a letter; this designated the home depot of the locomotive. 53A was the depot code for Dairycoates (Hull) which was located around a half a mile from my shop. My shop logo is representative of one of these cast iron plates.
John Turner...Thursday, 6/29/2006 6:09PM
Example photographs gleaned from John's “Industrial Railways” collection.
MSC35 HC701/1904 ~ Salford
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Aveling & Porter ~ Snodland Cement
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Docks No.31 ~ Manchester
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  “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? − Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Just an amusing quote! ~ vrw 

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  Carving Chips.....   • Probably not available from Tiffany & Co.  
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   I had seen these belt buckles and money clips previously but never paid them any mind. When you have attained the stature in life that I have you don't wear large belt buckles to attract people's attention to your bulk. Not only that but I carry a turn of the century... 19th to 20th ...cigarette case as a money clip.
   Steve Cox sent me these two items as a gift and I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice they actually are. The carved nickels are quite simple, as you would expect with something this inexpensive, but both of these items are... as I've already mentioned ...MUCH NICER than I had expected! ~ V-Dubya

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Recent Sales of Carved Nickels ~ June 2006
Mike Branham $45
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Dick Sheehan
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Cliff Kraft
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Amy Armstrong
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Unknown $265
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Unknown $157
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Ramon Castro $39
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Steve Ellsworth
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Owen Covert $59
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Marcus Hunt
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Stephen Cox $73
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James Olivencia Click to EMail this person.
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Bill Jameson
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Ray Cover
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Unknown $270
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John Carter $48
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Unknown $404
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Bob Shamey $80
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Unknown $87
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Unknown $275
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“Bowin” $28
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Keith Pedersen $54
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Phillip Lanmon $108
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Orazio Angelo $36
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Christine Carter $31
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21 June 2006
Indio Pueblo
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Pueblo [ close-up ]
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Steve Ellsworth just raised the bar!
Somebody forgot to tell Steve that the new 2005 Jefferson Nickels aren't
worth the same level of effort when carving as our beloved Buffalo Nickels.
So he poured all of his considerable talent and imagination into the carving
you see here of a Pueblo Indian. I have quite a number of 2004 and 2005 Jefferson Nickel carvings but none that the carver put this level of effort
into. The Indian's bust is fantastic in and of itself but I particularly like the
Pueblo Steve put in the background. SUPER job Steve! ~ Verne R. Walrafen
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14 June 2006
Buying a “Pig in a Poke!
A.K.A. “Hope you like your purchase.”

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Definitely an Original
Classic Carving!
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This carved nickel had been posted on eBay for a whole fifteen minutes when I stumbled across it and noted the horrible photograph used in the listing. I almost clicked on by it when I noticed it had a “BuyItNow” price of $35+$2sh and figured it was sorta like the “ring toss” at the County Fair... Why not take a chance?
Here is what the eBay lot description said:
     “This coin is an original "hobo nickel" from cira 1920. It was carved on a 1916-S coin which was in XF condition. It was passed in a grocery store in 1920 and remained in owners family since.”
After I quickly purchased it I asked the Seller for more specifics and this is what he told me:
     “Thank You for your purchase. I bought this coin from an older gentleman (80) who was selling his personal items because of failing health. He had no living relatives with whom he wish to give anything. He had ran a grocery store as his dad before him. He said his dad received the nickel in 1920 or so at the store. I bought a large assortment of coins mostly common silver, V nickels, Indian cents, silver dollars, etc. Hope you like your purchase.”
So... now I wait to see what happens! I will let you know what I get. ~ V-Dubya

I Won't be Vacationing in the Poconos
...but I am tickled pink none the less!
Messerspitze Landstreicher”
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    Well... I won't be selling this classic nickel carving to realize a huge windfall of cash. First, it wasn't carved on an XF 1916-S host nickel... definitely more like a VG10 grade specimen at best ...but it was done with simple tools and never saw a graver, an engraver's vise or bench, a microscope, a Dremel Moto-Tool or a GraverMax!
    It is patently obvious that the eBay Seller not only grossly overstated the grade of this carving but apparently purposefully posted an out of focus scan to obscure what he considered to be a low grade, low value carving. The mistake he made was posting a low BuyItNow price for an original classic nickel carving. I am WELL PLEASED with this acquisition... it has the distinct feeling of antiquity and is unquestionably an authentic “Hobo Nickel!”
    With the encrustations and relatively dark oxidation this was an exceptionally difficult specimen to get a high resolution scan to show you... so what you see is what you get folks. ~ V-Dubya

Knifepoint Hobo”
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It has been pointed out to me that my grade of VG10... which was based on the bison's horn ...is overly conservative.
When the carver hammered down the Indian's feathers the bison's horn directly opposite them was smashed/obliterated.
At 5.01g this is my heaviest carved nickel... obviously no metal was removed from the host nickel in the process. ~ vrw
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13 June 2006
All The Best From Over The Pond”
Personally I can't understand why you haven't got an international following as these Hobo nickels are just delightful!
Mutton Chops Yobbo
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West Yorkshire Miner
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H
ere are a couple of pictures of my first nickel carvings. My first attempt was “Mutton Chops” which turned out quite nicely. Afterwards I went away and carved “Miner”, and again I was quite pleased with the results. I'm only using very basic tools at the moment. I've ordered some die polishing stones from the States and hopefully this'll help me produce better specimens as I become more familiar with the medium. ~ Marcus Hunt, Oxfordshire Cotswolds, England... Tuesday, 6/13/2006 7:37AM

Uisge Beata Moonshiner
Sold on eBay for 75GBP 7/1/06
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Golf Ball Marker
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Cockney Borrow Boy
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  Postscript ~ 3 July 2006 
M
y fourth “Hobo” is on a very worn coin so I'm giving it to my girlfriend as a golf ball marker. My fifth one I'm calling “Cockney Barrow Boy”. ~ Marcus Hunt, Oxfordshire Cotswolds, England... Monday, 7/3/2006 10:40AM

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Churchill 300 underside
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M
arcus Hunt was born in London, England in 1961, but spent most of his childhood in the leafy county of Surrey. On leaving school in 1978 he was apprenticed to his father Ken Hunt. However, the seeds of the craft had already been sown many years before. His father has worked from home since 1964 and on more than one occasion he allowed his young son to pick up a graver and often set him at a small vice to scratch away at a piece of copper. Often he would fall asleep at night to the gentle tick-ticking of the graver or the rhythmic tapping of hammer on chisel that emanated from his father's studio. Engraving was in his blood so it was only natural for him to follow in his father's footsteps.
M
arcus painstakingly learned the traditional engraving methods that had been passed on to a young Ken Hunt by his master, Harry Kell who in turn had been taught by his father. Gradually he mastered the act of pushing graver through steel by hand and the gentle rhythms of hammer and chisel work. He also learned many techniques his father had developed over the years as well as gold inlay and damascene. Always though, his father would emphasize the importance of quality workmanship.
A
fter 8 years working alongside his father, and having built his own list of clients, he set up on his own as a freelance engraver of bespoke shotguns and rifles to the London gun trade. Now living in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Marcus is considered by many to be one of England's premier engravers. He has worked on some of the finest sporting guns in the world and is always looking for new and interesting ways of bringing the ancient skill of hand-engraving to a new audience.
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10 June 2006
The President and Mama Cirelli !
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G BW...... President George Walker Bush
H
ow about that... I actually got an acknowlegement from the President's office. NEAT! ~ Mike Cirelli
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H
ere is Mama Cirelli's carved nickel. She wanted one for  her bracelet. Now she wants more! I put it in a gold frame and it is on a gold bracelet. This wasn't a time consuming carving but it looks nice on the bracelet.
The emerald in the hat band is her birth stone. ~ Mike Cirelli
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Hobby In Transformation

Click here to visit Leon's personal webpage. July 2006 ~ Volume 43 ~ Number 7 ~ Page 40
 Collecting Hobo Nickels   −by  Leon Worden 
A Hobby In Transformation
This type of folk art is seeing a resurgence or a revolution.
Bill Jameson and Ron Landis are both featured in the latest COINage Magazine.
I definitely recommend that you purchase a copy and check it out. ~ V-Dubya
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Successful Raid on Mr. Cox's eBay Store  
D'Artagnan ~ Porthos ~ Athos ~ Aramis ~ Strawhat Clown
Hammock Hobo ~ Billy Holiday ~ Bob Crane ~ John Banner ~ Werner Klemper Click on any photo for an enlargement.
Footnote... Captain Jean D'Artagnan was in truth Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan. Porthos, Baron du Vallon de Bracieux de Pierrefonds, was in real life Isaac de Portau, who served with D'Artagnan in the Guards and, for a time, in the Musketeers. Athos, Comte de la F鑢e, was a musketeer named Armand de Sill鑗ue d'Athos d'Autevielle who died shortly after D'Artagnan would have met him. Aramis, Chevalier Ren d'Herblay, was a musketeer named Henri d'Aramitz and was probably at most an acquaintance of D'Artagnan's. The musketeers' great friendship was almost certainly invention, as were almost all their adventures.
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3 June 2006

Who was first?
Leopold I ~ King of the Belgians ~ 1831-1865       Leopold II ~ King of the Belgians ~ 1865-1909
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No... not which man was king first, that is obvious. Rather... which carving was done first, the copper medal or the nickel?
Many nickel carvers are inspired to carve subjects on their nickels that they see on coins, medals, drawings and etcetera.
So... if you guessed the medal was done first followed by the nickel, that would be a logical assumption.
Actually Steve Adams carved the nickel in August of 2005 and then carved this wonderful copper medal just now in 2006.
The photo with both the medal and the nickel shown gives you the proper size comparison... the medal is 65mm while all nickels are 21.2mm.
If you want a closer view of the medal, here is a SuperSized photo for you.
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  Carving Chips.....   • Tribute to “THE HOBO NICKEL •  
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Bill “Zach” Jameson
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Rare Color Locomotive Photograph! •  
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Here we have a rare color picture showing the YV #330 in company with RPO #107,
coupled exactly as they are today.
This picture was taken by Al Rose, longtime
Yosmite Valley fan and railroad historian.
Al was shooting color well before most others, and his photos are the only known color shots of the YV #330.

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YV #330 Restoration
“A Living History of the Restoration
of Yosemite Valley Railroad
Observation Car #330”

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8 May 2006
 A Silver Smith and Lapidary 
Contemporary Artist Contemporary Artist
My name is Ray Castro and I am sixty years old. Born in Los Angeles, California and lived in many different states. In 1973 I became a silver smith and lapidary. In 1986 I purchased 4,000 pocket watches and learned to be a pretty good watchmaker. During this time I was heavily involved in coins and precious metals. Being involved with coins, I was familiar with hobo nickels and I did 30-40 Indian cent carvings which sold well. Then other interests took over and I sold off all my equipment. In 2005 my friend Jerry asked if I could carve more one cent coins and they didn't come out well.
In February 2006, I found a slick buffalo in my junk box so I carved both sides and gave it to my friend. I carved a bearded man on the obverse and a donkey on the reverse. Nickels seem to be easier to carve than copper, so I purchased several hundred buffalo nickels and since then, I have sold my friend 120 coins and have on hand about one hundred more that are finished. It takes me about 1-2 hours to carve them, and I do several per day. In April 2006, I put four coins on eBay and you know the rest! Ramon Castro... Wednesday, April 26, 2006, 3:17PM
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ND:CrossHatch ~ 1928:O.P.Tical ~ 1936:CrushEdChapeaux ~ 1937:N.OnpareilCastor ~ 1937D:ClerisyPublican ~ 1935:A.M.Bulatory
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  Carving Chips.....   • Summer 2006 BoTales Is Progressing! •  
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BT2006#2 ~ Table of Contents
From the Editor's Desk................................. 4
Spring Hobo Gathering.................................. 5
You be the Judge........................................... 9
Security 101................................................ 11
Ronald Reagan on the Nickel?..................... 12
Mona Lisa Carved by Steve Adams............. 13
Two Carvings by Sam Alfano....................... 13
Has Anyone Met J. Press?........................... 14
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30 April 2006
The Eclectic World of  The Aurora Borealis Carver
V-Dubya has just finished upgrading and polishing Cliff Kraft's website.
New content has been, and continues to be, added. So... "check it out"!
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Lonesome Polecat and Hairless Joe
making Kickapoo Joy Juice!
About the Carver
Carving in a Brass Holder
Personal Commission Carvings
Reminiscing About Recent History
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Testimonials from Collectors
Watching Carvings Gestate
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30 April 2006
The New World of Stephen Cox

Well it started one night on eBay as I was looking for hobo nickels and here was a new artist. I looked at his work and tossed a bid down, winning one of his coins. So I figured I would call him and introduce myself and that's time I was hooked on his nickels bought a few more and then boom here was a line of nickels that were a sight to see... beautiful work. I called him and he told me he went to a GRS class. You can certainly tell a vast improvement... so I bought all I could afford.
His “Abbot and Costello” is to die for and the “WC Fields“ is a gem... look for yourself and see the incredible nickels of his at his eBay store. All our collections need a few of his great nickels... keep up the great work Steve! Robert Owen “SepticTankHank” Covert... Sunday, 4/30/2006, 3:22PM

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29 April 2006
Artistry by... Lee R. Griffiths
“First Railroad Ride In California”
Sacramento Valley Railroad's
Locomotive “Sacramento No.1”

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Carved Dec.2005 on an
1855 Kellogg and Company
$50 Gold Territorial Restrike
from the California Historical Society
that was struck from gold from the
Sept.12,1857 S.S. Central America shipwreck
using original 1855 Kellogg and Company dies.
2.5oz Gold ~ Approx. 44mm
V-Dubya has been concentrating on Lee Griffiths' website as of late.
About the Engraver
Art Work
Hobo Nickels
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Approx. 4-5oz Nickel ~ 21.2mm
Rifles
Shotguns and Double Rifles
Next up is Cliff Kraft's website so... "stay tuned"!
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  Carving Chips.....   • Mr. President... a Penny for Your Thoughts! •  
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In the President's hand!
These were my thoughts when I decided to engrave the penny... The reason a 1964 penny was used was because it was just an ordinary circulated penny touched by thousands of American citizens used for purchasing goods with its travels unknown. It was embellished to end its journey in the President of the United States' hand.
Michael Cirelli... Friday, 3/31/2006
G BW...... President George Walker Bush
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  Carving Chips.....   • HarpWeek Presents... Immigrant and Ethnic America •  
THE primary source for learning about the 19th century.
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“Harper's Weekly” ~ A Journal of Civilization ~ New York ~ Saturday ~ February 8, 1879 ~ Vol. XXIII ~ No. 1154
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21 March 2006
Based upon... San Diegue駉 Middle School (Encinitas, CA) Media Center Hotlist: “Westward Expansion... Railroads”
The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
California History Online
Bushong.net
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Huntington Family Association
www.linecamp.com
Lee Altenberg, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum

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Beau “DolceVita” Monde
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Ancestors in the Americas
The Brown Quarterly
A Place Called Oregon
The National Park Service
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
HarpWeek Presents: Immigrant and Ethnic America
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
California History Online
Senior World Online

Leland Stanford ~ Collis P. Huntington ~ Mark Hopkins ~ Charles Crocker
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For more than a century San Francisco's Nob Hill has been associated with the upper crust, the beau monde “The Sweet Life”,
la dolce vita “The Fashionable Elite”.     “Nob” is a contraction of the Hindu word nabob or nawwab: “a person, especially
a European, who has made a large fortune in India or another country of the East; a very wealthy or powerful person.”
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18 March 2006
Click to visit this website.

Dave Wilson gives talk on HOBO NICKELS
Deep Signals Newsletter       Volume 5, Issue 2       February, 2001Click to read this Newsletter.
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Click to visit this website.
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Amy Maruso brought in a hobo nickel. Dave Wilson said they could be worth from $30 to $1,000. They are part of American Folk Art.

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These nickel carvings were shown in the MJRRC newsletter without comment. I understand that these are carvings Dave authenticated. ~ V-Dubya
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15 March 2006
Please click here to respond to our User Survey!
••••• OHNS Website User Survey Please click here to respond to our User Survey! •••••
Please click here to respond to our User Survey!
••••• OHNS Website User Survey Results •••••
Who's Out There?
  FIRST... Additional survey responses would be both welcome and useful! Please click here to respond to our User Survey!

The primary thing I've learned is that most folks are reluctant to respond to an online survey no matter how important it is!
I already knew that there are an average of fifty accesses of our website each day through the primary access point of the homepage... www.hobonickels.org ...with an unknown, likely even larger, number jumping in straight to specific pages of interest because of the keyword searches provided by search engines such as “Google”.
Analysis of our access statistics shows that roughly 50% of our accesses appear to be web “spiders” gathering information. Many of the “real people” accesses clearly show long duration visits of numerous pages on the website.
Almost ALL of our new members send in applications printed from our website so they are accessing the material provided here.
  BUT... We received only 20 survey responses!
Two (2) Life Members, fifteen (15) Regular Members and three (3) Non-Members responded... all quite positive and all saying they visit the website regularly.
Probably the most useful comment I've received thus far is that I shouldn't “try so hard!” and that our website would still be quite valuable even if it were only updated a couple times a month. I will try to take this sage advice to heart but sometimes I find it difficult to refrain from “jumping in with both feet” to tell all of you about something new and exciting, to me at least, that has just been brought to my attention. ~ V-Dubya

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  Carving Chips.....   • MamaJo and HoboSanta LeCount •  
A great visit to the “Casey Jones Train Store”Click to visit website. Open House on November 19th, 2005
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9 March 2006
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 Click to read about this carved $50 gold specimen.  The First Railroad Ride In California ~ Verne R. Walrafen ~ OHNS HLM#620  Click to read about this carved $50 gold specimen. 
“On the seventeenth of last August a trial trip was made on the opening of the road to Seventeenth street.
The occasion was marked by the gathering of a large crowd of people at the depot, who gazed upon the iron
horse, harnessed for the first time, with mingled feelings of surprise and admiration.” ~ January 1, 1856
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8 March 2006
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Two More Nicknamed Hobo Nickel Artists . . . from  BoTales2006#1
“Heritage Hank”       Click here to read this article... Click to read this article.       “Bowin”
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  Carving Chips.....   • NOT VERY F.U.N.NY ! •  
Bonus Chip #1
Phinneas “Picaro”Click for this word's definition. Picaroon
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−by Clifford Kraft
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“Numismatic News” ~ March 7, 2006
Volume 55, Number 10, Page 7
Bonus Chip #2
Michael “Mulligrubs”Click for this word's definition. Mullrooney
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−by Dick Sheehan
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2 March 2006
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BT2006#1 has both covers done in color and is loaded with pictures taken at FUN by Ralph Winter.
This is also the largest issue ever (36 pages long). It will take another 7-10 days to get it printed, stuffed and mailed.
Enjoy! ~ Don “Sport” Farnsworth ~ Thursday, 3/2/2006, 11:06PM
BT2006#1 ~ Table of Contents
OHNS FUN 2006 Meeting and Auction Highlights厖 4
OHNS Officers and Board Members厖厖厖17
FUN at OHNS厖厖厖厖厖厖厖厖18
Dumpster Diver Says Bring the Kids厖厖厖20
Scholarship Drawing厖厖厖厖厖厖.21
Three Interesting Old Hobo Nickels厖厖厖..22
Two More Nicknamed Hobo Nickel Artists厖厖.24
Auction Assignments Being Accepted厖厖厖..26
My 2005 ANA Summer Seminar Experience厖厖26
The Mystery of Eddings厖厖厖厖厖厖27
Minutes of the Annual OHNS Board Meeting厖厖28
New York Greenie Takes the Westbound厖厖.29
OHNS Honors Gail Baker and Troy Wiseman厖..30
The First Railroad Ride in California厖厖厖..31
More Hobos in Advertising厖厖厖厖厖32
Women Depicted as Hobos厖厖厖厖厖33
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