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  Raytown's “Hobo King” Dies at 72 ... 4/08 
542
  ~ Bob Shamey Published In 2008 ... 4/08 
541
  Jon Is Enamored With Vintage Hats! ... 4/08 
540
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” The Road... “Pinched” −by Jack London ... 4/08 
539
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #12 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 4/08 
538
  Carving Chips..... A Trio of Day Brighteners
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537
  “About the Artist” ~ Raymond E. Cover, Jr. ... 3/08 
536
  Carving Chips..... Wealth Is Made Up By Accumulating Friends ~ Not Pelf !
535
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” The Road... Pictures −by Jack London ... 3/08 
534
  How and Why Henry Got the Name Smiley −by Bill Jameson ... 3/08 
533
  Carving Chips..... Woxikon Online Dictionary - Translation
532
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #11 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 3/08 
531
  People Liked Him −by Edgar A. Guest ... 3/08 
530
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” The Road... Holding Her Down −by Jack London ... 3/08 
529
  Carving Chips..... Ribbon Rail Productions' Clip Art Collection
528
  Round Trip In A Side-Door Pullman −by John R. Niemi, Jr. ... 3/08 
527
  Railroad Slanguage Glossary −from www.railroad.net ... 3/08 
526
  King of the Hobos laid to rest in West Valley −by Lynn French ... 3/08 
525
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” The Road... Confession −by Jack London ... 3/08 
524
  Donal Wolfe learns to carve nickels from Owen Covert −by Owen Covert ... 3/08 
523
  Hughes Branch ... Theo, Alcorn County, Mississippi ~ “Rock Biscuits” and “Water Gravy” ... 3/08 
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522
  Carving Chips..... “2008 OHNS Annual Meeting & Auction” Article ... CORRECTION !!!
521
  Carving Chips..... A Pin Back Laser Carved and Engraved on Red Alder
520
  The Hobohemians: On the rails with the new freedom riders −by Ben Ehrenreich  
519
  Carving Chips..... Just Doing a Bit of Research
518
  The First Passenger Train ... Okeechobee, Florida ~ On the morning of January 4, 1915 ... 2/08 
517
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #10 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 2/08 
516
  I Figure This Pretty Much Speaks For Itself! ... 2/08 
515
  My Hobo Got An OSCAR! ~ “Emperor of the North Pole” ... 2/08 
514
  Bill (Jameson) Zach Hobo Carvings ~ Archive of available scans as of 2/16/2008 ... 2/08  
513
  One of Nickel Carver Dick Sheehan's Favorite Parables ... 2/08  
512
  Spring 2008 “BoTales” Feature Article −by Art DelFavero and Steve Alpert ... 2/08  
511
  “Schnozz” Census Addendum ... −by Art DelFavero 2/08  
510
  Under the Bridge, a Man of Means by No Means −by Charlie LeDuff  
509
  Carving Chips..... A Group of Fantastic Classic Carvings from the Upcoming LongBeach2008 Heritage Auction
508
  James Earle Fraser's 1911 Indian “Cent” and Lincoln “Nickel” Pattern Electrotype Trials ... 2/08  
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543  30 April 2008
Raytown's “Hobo King” Dies at 72
The Raytown Post ~ www.raytown-post.com ~ 4/30/2008 ~ 10:28am
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   Jerry “Liberty” Justice, a lifelong resident of Raytown, Missouri and a former National Hobo King, “caught the westbound” from his home on April 23 and rode on in to the Promised Land. He was 72.
   Justice took the hobo name of Liberty and rode the rails from 1993 to 1998, logging almost 30,000 miles on freight trains crisscrossing America. In 1996 he was elected National Hobo King at the annual gathering of hobos in Britt, Iowa. He and His wife, Brenda, were regulars at that convention until his health failed.
   He also was an accomplished musician and was a member of the Greenside Up Bluegrass Band for seven years and was dubbed by the hobos their National Hobo Troubadour. Several years ago he cut a CD of songs that he wrote and performed.
   Justice was born July 12, 1935, in Raytown. He was retired driver for Graham Truck Lines and was a member of Teamsters Union Local 41. He leaves his wife, Brenda Justice; his son, Jerry Lee Justice; and a brother, John Justice.
   The family received friends on Sunday, April 27, at D.W. Newcomers Sons Floral Hills Chapel. Burial will be at a later date in the National Hobo Cemetery in Britt, Iowa, following cremation. The family suggests memorials to the National Hobo New Museum in Britt, Iowa.
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542  25 April 2008
Bob Shamey ~ “Woodcarver's Illustrated” ~ Summer 2008
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~ Bob Shamey Published In 2008
Bob Shamey ~ Published in a Russian Language Magazine “Men's Club” ~ 2008
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541  17 April 2008
JonClick camera to see this person. Is Enamored With Vintage Hats!
A “Fredora” Hat
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“Bertmon S. Brooklyn”
A “Slouch” Hat
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“Ruziemaker van Capet”
www.nickelcarver.com
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540     Chapter Four of Nine
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Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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Click to read all historical dossiers 539  6 April 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #12  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
The Hobo Nickels
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The Hobo Nickels are a Denver-based folk band playing original Americana-style songs. Click to listen to samples of their music It's a foot stompin' mix of bluegrass, swing, folk, old-timey country, zydeco, polka, trucker tunes and more.
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Left to right: Tim McCanna on Accordion, Steve Combs on Upright Bass, Rob Silk on Ukulele and Andy Sherman on Guitar.
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Appliqué Nickel
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This superb “Flat Nose” classic carved nickel was recently found in
Ancon, Balboa, Panama and subsequently sold on eBay for $349.27.
The Seller pondered what it was doing there in Panama. Joyce Ann Romines acknowledged the assistance of Joaquin “Pacheco” Monserrat (1921−1996), a collector of Hobo nickels, who was a TV personality in Puerto Rico... one of the most known and loved hosts of children's programs since the 60's until the 90's.
Thus we know classic carved nickels were valued and exported beyond our U.S. borders well before the genesis of eBay marketing on the Internet. ~ V-Dubya
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$162.27 on eBay
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$212.51 on eBay
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$261.09 on eBay
Mickey's Clown
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−by Mike Pezak
Ron Landis nickels carved in '94, '95 and '96 for David “Banjo” Schenkman, OHNS-RM85
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Click to read this Log Log of Hobo Nickels Hand Engraved by Ron Landis Click to read this Log
Vicar “Potty” Pottle
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−by Derek Pegnall
Translation... “The Hobo File #12 [ bits and pieces ]”
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538    Carving Chips.....   • A Trio of Day Brighteners •  
From East Point, Georgia in the USA
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“Baraby”  −by Dennis “Books” Tucker, OHNS-RM977
From Glasgow in Scotland
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“Lobey Dosser”(*)  −by Bud Neill
From Gisborne in New Zealand
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“Horse and Aunt Dolly”  −by Murray Ball
Thanks for the GREAT
artwork “Books”!
~ V-Dubya
(*) An adaptation of “lobby dosser”... a term applied to tramps and vagrants who slept 
on the close landings and in the entrance hallways of Glasgow's tenement flats.
Pedantic: excessively
subtle reasoning.

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537  23 March 2008
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About the ArtistClick to visit this website ~ Raymond E. Cover, Jr.Click camera to see this person.
www.rcoverengraving.comClick to visit this website
If a very extensive work of art is to be done on the obverse side of the coin,
then it does make sense to use a highly collectible coin in great condition, so the reverse is as pleasant to view.
That being said, Ray does strive to use at least VF-AU grade coins for most carvings.”
Cavalry Officer Carving
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Teaching Engraving
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A Trophy Brown Trout
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A Dandy King Salmon
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536    Carving Chips.....   • Wealth Is Made Up By Accumulating Friends ~ Not Pelf ! •  
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Hobo “Nase Haar” ~ Rollie's sixth carved nickel!
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535     Chapter Three of Nine
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Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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534  20 March 2008
 How and Why Henry Got the Name Smiley
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−by Bill Jameson
   The story as told to Wallace S. Bottoms, gives the account of his cousin, Henry Thomas Bottoms, Jr. who later in life was given the name “Smiley”. Smiley in his early life as a young boy from Burna, Kentucky came from a dirt poor family of twelve, four girls and six boys and had to work from the age of seven to eat. Burna wasn't a big town, but it had a lot of people who liked to read the Grit. If you don't know what the Grit was, it was a paper with lots of good honest down to earth stories and advertisements in it. At the time of this story, Norman P. Joiner had the Grit route in Burna, but was thinking about getting a job at D.L. Fatback's Hog Parlor. As things would have it, Norman P. when he turned fourteen got the job at D. L. Fatback's Hog Parlor.
   Now here is really where the story starts for Henry Thomas Jr., he got Norman P.'s Grit route, so at the age of nine he was a salesman. Henry was a good salesman and built up the Grit route, which in turn allowed him to meet many people.
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So as things would have it, Henry met Eli Towny one day delivering Grits, the first thing Henry saw and something that wouldn't leave his mind was that Eli had a gold tooth. Henry made up his mind that day he would one day have a gold tooth.
   So as things would have it, Henry saved and saved and made the trip to Doc Bridges in Lola, Kentucky and got his gold tooth at the age of twelve. But something happened when he got fourteen, he saw his first train when he made a trip to Tolu, Kentucky to see about buying a milk cow for his family, as Henry was watching the train go by he noticed two men jump into a open boxcar. Later on that day Henry asked a clerk at Bagwell's store who and what were the two men doing by hopping in the boxcar, the clerk told Henry the men were hobos and used the trains to get from town to town. Well as things would have it, Henry knew he wanted to be a hobo.
   Henry went back to Burna, gave his farewells and then made the trip back to Tolu and jumped the first empty boxcar he saw. Later that day as he was joined by three more hobos, they noticed he had a gold tooth and how it shined when Henry smiled. So Henry Thomas Bottoms, Jr. got his name changed to “Smiley” that day. So as things would have it, this was the story about how and why Henry got the name Smiley and how he became a hobo.
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533    Carving Chips.....   • Woxikon Online Dictionary - Translation •  
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Härskarinna Dake
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Herenkapper Zanger
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Translation of words, word sequences and short sentences into the languages...
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, and Swedish.
Examples:     Swedish... “HärskarinnaClick to view translation     Dutch... “HerenkapperClick to view translation
Click to read all historical dossiers 532  19 March 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #11  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
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−by Amy Armstrong
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−by Steve Adams
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−by Ray Cover
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−by “Rough Beard”
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−by John DeMarco
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−by Finn La Rue
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−by Bill Jameson
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−by Owen Covert and Donal WolfeClick to view a super sized version of this photograph.
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−by David
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 Jones
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−by Jon Dake
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Plique-a-jour (open to light)
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 Enamel  −by Art DelFavero
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−by James Olivencia
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Reed Family Heirloom
Translation... “The Hobo File #11 [ bits and pieces ]”
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531  18 March 2008
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Vagabondo Ernesto
People Liked Him   −by Edgar A. Guest
His was not a brilliant style,
His was not a forceful way,
But he had a gentle smile
And a kindly word to say
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Wasn't one to boast of gold
Or belittle it with sneers,
Didn't change from hot to cold,
Kept his friends throughout the years
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Never lied to friend or foe,
Never rash in word or deed,
Quick to come and slow to go
In a neighbor's time of need
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Never arrogant or proud,
On he went with manner mild;
Never quarrelsome or loud,
Just as simple as a child
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Sort of man you like to meet
Any time or any place
There was always something sweet
And refreshing in his face
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Never rose to wealth or fame,
Simply lived, and simply died,
But the passing of his name
Left a sorrow, far and wide
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People liked him, not because
He was rich or known to fame;
He had never won applause
As a star in any game
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Honest, patient, brave and true:
Thus he lived from day to day,
Doing what he found to do
In a cheerful sort of way
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Sort of man you'd like to be:
Balanced well and truly square;
Patient in adversity,
Generous when his skies were fair
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Not for glory he'd attained,
Nor for what he had of pelf,
Were the friends that he had gained,
But for what he was himself
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530     Chapter Two of Nine
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Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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529    Carving Chips.....   • Ribbon Rail Productions' Clip Art Collection •  
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Clip Art Collection
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“Hogger” (Train Engineer)
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Diesels ~ Old and New Click to visit this webpage
Railroad Heralds Click to visit this webpage
Railroad Signs Click to visit this webpage
Railroad Structures Click to visit this webpage
Railroaders (People) Click to visit this webpage
Rolling Stock (Cars) Click to visit this webpage
Steam Engines ~ Modern Click to visit this webpage
Steam Engines ~ Pre 1900 Click to visit this webpage
Traction & Electric Locomotives and Rolling Stock Click to visit this webpage
Many of the images here have been made available through the courtesy of Ken Houghton of Houghton's Rail ImagesClick to visit this website and are marked with a (KH). The other images are from the collection efforts of NMRA members Jack Pettee and Roger Hensley.
This collection will be updated periodically in an effort to keep the largest practical collection available.
All Clip Art is in GIF or JPG format.       ~ My favorites! ~ V-Dubya
Please feel free to use any of the clip art here for personal use, on Web sites or modify them to suit your needs within the following limits; 1) If you wish to use any of Ken Houghton's clip art for a newsletter or other publication, please give credit to Ken Houghton Rail Images. 2) The Conrail registered service mark notice must remain with the Conrail logo. 3) Where there is a circle R (R) or (TM) Trade Mark symbol on or with the logo, please include it when using it. 4) No credit is necessary for any of the other images, however, a link back to www.rrhistorical.comClick to visit this website or notice of this site would be appreciated.
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528  10 March 2008
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Round Trip In A Side-Door Pullman  −by John R. Niemi, Jr.
The following story is offered for its entertainment value only,
and in no way do we condone or encourage train hopping, since it is very dangerous.
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It was eleven o'clock on the night of August 15, 1932. I boarded my first side-door pullman (boxcar)
in the railroad yards of Superior, Wisconsin. I had three dollars in my pocket. I was going to look for work.
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The Side-door Pullman excursion was started in Superior, Wis. Aug. 15, 1932 and completed in Duluth, Minn.
(across the bay from Superior) on Sept. 15, 1932. This story was written 15 years later (1947) in San Diego, Calif.
where the first person (the author) resided. John R. Niemi, Jr. passed away in 1989.
527  10 March 2008
Click to visit www.railroad.net  Railroad Slanguage Glossary Click to read this article 
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   The boomers spoke a language of their own, and many of the terms these imaginative and romantic travelers invented still remain in railway parlance. The following is an attempt to establish a glossary of the terms used. It is by no means complete.
   This glossary first appeared in the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh employee magazine, Railway Life in 1931. Note that seven decades later, many of the terms are still part of our everyday “slanguage.”
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526  10 March 2008

   John Francis O'Connor of Phoenix, 90, passed away February 8, 2008. John was perhaps better known as “The Sidedoor Pullman Kid” - a moniker earned by spending most of his life riding in boxcars of freight trains in search of work and adventure. John was possibly the last of the Great Depression-era hoboes alive, who strongly preferred the wanderlust of the open road to a settled and stable lifestyle. John was born in New Haven, CT on June 4th, 1917. He left home in 1930 as a teenager and started riding the rails to find work. Like other hoboes of the time, John did all sorts of temporary jobs - from picking fruit to washing dishes to working for the railroads themselves. “Sidedoor” crisscrossed the country working like this for the next 25 years - living in hobo camps called “jungles” located at the fringe of towns next to the tracks. In the mid 1950's, John married Florence Wyckoff and settled down in Syracuse, NY. There, he continued to work as a merchant marine and highway laborer. The couple never had children and later moved to Phoenix in 1977. When Florence died in 1985, “Sidedoor” resumed his hobo life, and at age 67 began to hop freight trains again. Only this time around, the rides were for pleasure and mostly limited to upper midwestern states. His independent character and life experiences got him elected King of the Hoboes in 1994 during their century-old annual convention in Britt, IA. John actively rode freights until he turned 82. Although no known blood relatives survive him, John left countless friends behind all over the country - including scores of modern day train riders who regard him as a Legend. A fiercely proud and honorable man, John harbored no regrets about the life he chose to live. Funeral services and burial for John are pending at the White Tanks Cemetery, 15926 W. Camelback Rd. in Litchfield Park.
Published in The Arizona Republic on 2/19/2008
 King of the Hobos laid to rest in West Valley
Lynn French ~ Mulitmedia Journalist ~ 12 News ~ Feb. 21, 2008 6:47pm
   It is one of those obituaries that stops you in your tracks---an obituary for a hobo, one-time King of the Hobos to be exact.
   John Francis O'Connor rode through life as “The Sidedoor Pullman Kid”, a moniker he earned while spending most of his life hopping freight trains in the pursuit of work and adventure. He started riding the rails at age 13. O'Connor passed away last week here in Phoenix at the age of 90. He was laid to rest today in a potter's grave at the White Tanks Cemetery (in Phoenix, Arizona ~ V-Dubya). This was not Sidedoor's final wish, but he may have been okay with it.   Click to read this article Full Article Click to read this article
 Hobo king catches the westbound
The Arizona Republic ~ Valley & State online print edition ~ Feb. 23, 2008 6:35pm
   It does not speak well of us when the passing of a man known as “the Sidedoor Pullman Kid” is noted on the obituary page of the local newspaper but nowhere else, as happened last week in The Arizona Republic.
   John Francis O'Connor was 90 years old. In his final days he lived in a small Phoenix apartment, from which he sometimes ventured out on a bicycle to visit a local watering hole. But for much of his young life, and then again during his golden years, Sidedoor's wanderlust was bound only by the limits of North America's rail system and his ability to leap into a rolling boxcar.   Click to read this article Full Article Click to read this article
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525     Chapter One of Nine
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Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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524  9 March 2008
Donal Wolfe learns to carve nickels from Owen Covert
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     Well it's been a long time coming for MODESTOWOLF and SEPTICTANKHANK to hook up being we're both Californian's. Day one, all plans in place and ready for the fun... Don got here about 11:00am and we were off looking at nickels and getting lunch. Yep, an impressive nickel collection Don has... my son Ryan and I spent the night looking at Don's coins and being friends. Day two, the fun begins and the carving session is in full force... so Don is a hobo carver now and his carvings are better than my first. We ended the day with pool and refreshments at the local pub. Did I say Don is a hustler? The last day we ended with a dinner and conversation at my house and went over Don's collection. He's got a new carver to name and also some new carvings to be on the lookout for. So if you are in Modesto look him up and share a few good times with him and maybe he'll show you his nice collection of classic hobos. Thanks for the visit Don! ~ Owen Covert
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523  3 March 2008
Hughes Branch ... Theo, Alcorn County, Mississippi
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“Rock Biscuits” and “Water Gravy”
   Rock biscuits (not to mistaken for Hardtack, the most famous American Civil War staple food, which was six parts flour and one part water) were generally made from; six eggs, one pound of sifted sugar, half a pound of flour, and a few currants when available. Children loved them because, when you had all the ingredients in the correct proportions, they were sweet even without any molasses or syrup to add to them.
   Water gravy was made just like milk gravy from the leavings of anything fried in oil with a bit of flour except using water instead of milk since any milk available was too precious to be spared from the infant's and toddler's diets.
Papa Willie
William Harrison Hughes
−by Bill Jameson
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Mama Luci
Louisa Adams Casin Hughes
−by Bill Jameson
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   It was 1914 and times were hard, especially for black sharecroppers in northeastern Mississippi. William and Louisa, who already had too many mouths to feed, had just added a daughter... Margaret Taylor Hughes. Papa Willie hung his head that night with sorrow in his heart with the thought of the days that lay ahead of feeding another child.
   George was their first born and he had never grown to be very tall because there was never enough food to feed the family. One day while George was working for Mr. J.B. Little he noticed something shiny in the ground. The shiny object George found was a brand-new 1914 buffalo nickel. An ideal came into George's mind and that was to hop a train with his nickel and to go see the world. He knew he was tired of rock biscuits and water gravy and that was on the good days!
 William Harrison Hughes, Sr. ~ Louisa Adams Casin Hughes 
George Washington Hughes ~ Abigail Adams Hughes
Thomas Jefferson Hughes ~ James Madison Hughes
Elizabeth Monroe Hughes ~ John Adams Hughes
Rachel Jackson Hughes ~ Martin Van Buren Hughes
William Harrison Hughes, Jr. ~ John Tyler Hughes
       Sarah Polk Hughes ~ Margaret Taylor Hughes
   With fourteen mouths to feed in the Hughes household it took George all Summer to hoard just the slightest amount of food before he was able to catch a Gulf, Mobile and Ohio freight headed south one late Fall day. As George was huddled up in the front of a boxcar a hobo hollered at him and asked if he had anything to eat. George hadn't eaten anything that day but he told the hobo he had a bit of food and shared a biscuit with him.
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Florida East Coast Railway
   After a few days riding the boxcar with his new friend Bert, George saw him take out a buffalo nickel and start cutting on it. Bert told George that he changed the subject on the nickels and exchanged them for food. George thoughts went to the buffalo nickel he had in his pocket and the idea naturally came to him that maybe he could also cut nickels and trade them for food. Just after the New Year George crawled out of a Florida East Coast boxcar in Okeechobee, Florida. ~ Vernon, Grandson of Bertha Foster of Southern Illinois
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522    Carving Chips.....   • 2008 OHNS Annual Meeting & Auction” Article ... CORRECTION !!! •  
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There is a Coin Show in Baltimore February 29th-March 2nd (Whitman Baltimore Show), but it's NOT an ANA Show.
The new BoTales Editor goofed and put this Baltimore show dates in as the one where OHNS will have a table.
The correct dates are the ANA Show in Baltimore... July 30th-August 3rd. ~ Ralph Winter
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521  Carving Chips.....   • A Pin Back Laser Carved and Engraved on Red Alder
You start with...
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A hand carved KP nickel!
You add a VersaLaser CO2 Laser System...

Keith Pedersen just purchased a VersaLaser CO2 Laser
System for his sign business and of course he had to try
it out on something Hobo Nickel related for a trial run.
COOL Keith! ~ V-Dubya
You end up with...

A pin back laser carved and engraved on Red Alder, 1.5"x3"
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Note to the curious... Like driving automobiles,
falling in love, and speaking your mind in public,
train-hopping is dangerous. Really!
The Hobohemians: On the rails with the new freedom ridersClick to read this article
−by Ben Ehrenreich for LA Weekly, July 26 - August 1, 2002
519  Carving Chips.....   • Just Doing a Bit of Research
Left-click view the research data ~ V-Dubya
Left-click on the above title to view the data. ~ V-Dubya
518  22 February 2008
The First Passenger Train ... Okeechobee, Florida
Florida East Coast Railway
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Florida East Coast Railway
On the morning of January 4, 1915
Nick L. O'Honis
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   History records that... “On the morning of January 4, 1915 before sunup, the first passenger train arrived in Okeechobee, Florida. One passenger got off... he was Ellis Meserve, a young bank teller from St. Augustine who had come to Okeechobee to die. He was in poor health and his doctor thought the climate in Okeechobee would be better for his final days. When he stepped off the train in the middle of nowhere, the train crew felt sorry for him, so they built a small fire and remained with him until sunrise. At sunrise he began walking toward the area where the train crew had said Taylor Creek was located. After walking for over a mile, he spotted a building through the trees, and arrived at Lewis Raulerson's store. When the day was over he had dined on crackers and water from the store pump, and rented a room at the home of William and Ada Coats.”
If you are interested in the history of the area around Okeechobee then check out:
Okeechobee County, Florida ~ A Pictorial History. You will find it worth your time!
   There was an eye witness to these events who would befriend Nick L. O'Honis a decade later. Nick carried a memento of that friendship with him which he would proudly display at the slightest provocation. It was a common old nickel that had been modified to look like a man in a bowler hat!
George
−by William Harrison Hughes
circa 1915
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   Nick tells of this young black fella, George, who got off that very same train... just a bit further back down the string of cars. George faded out into the darkness because he knew he wouldn't be welcome at the fire the crew built for the young white man. He beat feet for Taylor Creek and set up camp there thus starting what would eventually become known across the nation as the “Taylor Creek Bridge Jungle”.
   As the years progressed George spent a lot of time in the area and he learned that Mr.Ellis got married and built a successful business. Ellis Meserve didn't pass on until November of 1978 at the ripe old age of 83. He didn't meet his anticipated early death so one shouldn't plan too far ahead on such things obviously.
   When Nick met George, he admired the obvious skill George had of turning a simple nickel into something that he could trade in town for groceries for the camp. Nick tried his hand at scratching on a nickel or two but could never make them look like anything other than damaged nickels. George finally gave him a good one to keep for himself and he sure was proud to have it and to have George as a friend. He never knew anybody before who was named after a U.S. President! ~ V-Dubya
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Click to read all historical dossiers 517  22 February 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #10  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Portraits of actual
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Lee Griffiths  
people are challenging!
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−by Brian Powley
Bob Classen's Daughter
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−by Bill Jameson
Imaginary subjects take tremendous creativity!
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“Henri's Bison Vinge Vejrhane” −by Bill Jameson
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Sold on eBay for $199
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1800 Spanish 8 Real (pronounced Ray-Al as in ray gun and Al Bundy) Silver Coin
Coin obverse has been re-carved into George Washington and reverse into Masonic Symbol
−by Amy Armstrong
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Sold on eBay for $276
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Rollie, Nathan and Ashlyn watching Dave carve
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A genuine “ArchBo”
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Dave Boulay and Rollie Taylor enjoying the Florida sunshine
Translation... “The Hobo File #10 [ bits and pieces ]”
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516  Carving Chips.....   • I Figure This Pretty Much Speaks For Itself!
I gotta get a life... almost time to go fishing! ~ V-Dubya
515  19 February 2008
My Hobo Got An OSCAR!
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     This is my latest Hobo carving. It has been on my list, in my head and on paper for over a year now. Thought maybe I should 'GIT ER DID' since there is a lot of Oscar buzz now. This is for all the movies that have been made over the years that had Trains and Hobos in it. Some which have won Oscars or have been nominated, at least; Danger Lights, California Straight Ahead, Riding The Rails, Gold Rush, Emperor of The North, The American Hobo, Polar Express, The Block Signal ...and many others.
     Sittin', waitn' for a train to hop. Flippin' a nickel with his new Oscar. The film strip has a train scene with mountains, trees, rocks and ...of course... THE END at the end. Oscar is inlaid in 24kt gold. ~ James Olivencia
“Emperor of the North Pole”Click camera to see this image.
I'm not afraid of hard work! I can lay right down beside it and go to sleep.” ~ Nick
Nick L. O'Honis
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     Nick often tells of the time when his old grade school chum “Lucky” Larry Powell came stumbling into the Taylor Creek Bridge Jungle out of the dark one winter night. It seems that ol' Lucky was looking for Nick to offer him a job as technical advisor on some fancy schmancy Hollywood motion picture project he was involved with, called “Emperor of the North Pole”. Nick allowed as how he wasn't looking for no job and even if'n he was he wouldn't be interested in helping with no talkie about Santa Claus.
     Now Lucky got Nick's attention when he started talking about clean sheets and room service food for several months ...PLUS... first class Pullman travel to and from California. Imagine that, traveling inside with heat, food, beds, running water and indoor toilets! When Nick found out the movie was about A-No.1 and not Santa Claus... that sealed the deal and off to sunny California he went.
Emperor of the North Pole
(1973)
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     Nick's job was to watch a bunch of grown men pretend to be Hobos and Railroad Workers and he was supposed to tell them when he saw them doing, or saying, things that weren't right. That turned out to be harder than it might seem because it made him remember many of the bad things that had happened to him and his friends. He knew that both Mr. Marvin and Mr. Borgnine were really nice fellas but after a while he didn't much like either one of them. Mr. Borgnine's character “Shack”Click camera to see this image. just scared the bejabers out of him! If he hadn't discovered the “free food” table back stage, and ended up spending most of his time there, he'd likely have skipped town on a drag (slow freight) the first week.
Nick and Oscar
waiting for a drag
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     Nick had made friends with some of the stage-hands that hung around the “free food” table. They taught him this card game called Poker but it turned out that he really wasn't very good at it. Mostly he wanted folks to like him and that game didn't seem to lend itself well to that mindset. Somehow he managed to loose not only the salary that Lucky's company paid him but also his return ticket to Florida. Clearly he was going to have to depend upon the self-reliance that he had learned during his lifetime. Things were normally better that way anyway!
     When the film was finished Nick was invited to a shindig called an “Awards Banquet” and since he knew that meant more free food he was more than happy to oblige. Imagine his surprise when they called his name during the program and gave him a statue called an “Oscar” for something or other. It looked like it was gold so maybe he could sell it but he wasn't sure how he was going to get it home with him.
Not surprisingly... somewhere along the trip home Oscar went one way and Nick went another! ~ V-Dubya
Postscript ~ It has been reported that Oscar caught the “Katy” Northbound and ended up in the Kansa Territories!
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16 February 2008
Bill (Jameson) Zach Hobo Carvings
Click to view Bill's Photo Album     Archive of available scans as of 2/16/2008     Click to view Bill's Photo Album
Kublai Khan's Slave
zach502
Abbot Dionysius Exiguus
zach501
Novice Dionysius Exiguus
zach500
Ausgezeichnet Schnauze
zach499
1979 Polly
zach498
Macaroni Nollaig
zach497
Mr.Gamfield of Bentley's Miscellany
zach496
1971 40% Silver Ike
zach495
1979 Susan Liberty
zach494
$225 on eBay
zach493
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11 February 2008
One of Nickel Carver Dick Sheehan's Favorite Parables
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Three red marbles   −by W. E. Petersen
This story first appeared in the October 1975 Ensign Magazine

Left-click on the marble bag to read the story

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Left-click on the marble bag to read the story.
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7 February 2008
Spring 2008 “BoTales” Feature Article
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Cover “Story” ..... 2
President's Message ..... 3
New OHNS Members ..... 3
Editor's Message ..... 4
2008 OHNS Board ..... 5
Membership & Quality Designation Form ..... 6
2008 OHNS Annual Meeting in Orlando ..... 7
2008 OHNS Auction #16 Coverage ..... 8
Prices Realized − OHNS Auction #16 ..... 10
2008 Scholarship Winner Announced ..... 11
2007 and 2008 OHNS Hobo Tokens ..... 11
“Hobo Phasmid” Finds a Home in Northern MN ..... 12
A Very Unique “Hobo Half” Dollar ..... 13
Feedback on Pig Hobo Nickel with Hebrew Letters ..... 13
Three New Nicknamed Carvers ..... 14
The Hobo Nickels of George Washington Hughes ..... 16
Nick's Girlfriend needs a name ..... 19
“George Washington Bo Hughes” Poem ..... 20
A Visit with Newell “Mess Cook” Shireman ..... 21
Railroad Spike Knife Set Found ..... 22
Manual for Hoboes ..... 23
OHNS Annual F.U.N. Meeting is FUN! ..... Back Cover
Introducing “Round Shoulder”, “Tex Ture”, and “Percy” Click to read this article
−by Art DelFavero RM552 and Stephen P. Alpert LM10
  “Round Shoulder”  
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  “Tex Ture”  
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  “Percy”  
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4 February 2008
 “Schnozz” Census Addendum  −by Art DelFavero
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   Two more “Schnozz” nickels have been spotlighted bringing the total documented to seven. A nice 1914 was sold as Lot#82 in the 2005 O.H.N.S. auction and a second 1917 two sided holed specimen resides in the private collection of Steve Alpert. Both nickels keep with the program of being carved on San Francisco minted host coins. ~ Art DelFavero
1 March 2007 (reprint)
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This article nicknames “Schnozz” as the unknown old hobo artist who carved these five hobo nickels
illustrated above. We choose “Schnozz” because of the rather distinctive and enlarged noses.
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In the West, the roads eventually lead to the tracks
and the tracks eventually lead to a bridge
Under the Bridge, a Man of Means by No MeansClick to read this article
−by Charlie LeDuff for the New York Times, 12/16/2002
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Carving Chips.....   • A Group of Fantastic Classic Carvings from the Upcoming LongBeach2008 Heritage Auction
Lot:81924 $184 Lot:81925 $49 Lot:81926 $195.50 Lot:81928 $230 Lot:81930 $276
Lot:81931 $345 Lot:81932 $39 Lot:81933 (Obverse) $59Lot:81933 (Reverse) $59 Lot:81934 $49
Lot:81935 $64 Lot:81936 $373.75 Lot:81937 $19 Lot:81938 $126.50 Lot:81939 $29
Lot:81940 $126.50 Lot:81941 $92 Lot:81942 $299 Lot:81943 (Obverse) $39Lot:81943 (Reverse) $39
Heritage Auction Galleries: 2008 February Long Beach, CA Tokens & Medals Signature Auction, Long Beach , CA ~ Auction #462 Click to visit this webpage
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2 February 2008
James Earle Fraser's
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1911 Indian “Cent” and Lincoln “Nickel” Pattern Electrotype Trials
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   “The Robert Michael Prescott Collection” catalog description... Lot 857,Click to view this lot on the Stacks webpage1/3/2006 price realized $25,300: 1911 Indian Head “cent” pattern electrotype trial. Copper-painted white metal, uniface. J- C1911-1, P-5150. Rarity-8. As made. 46.3 grains, 18.6 x 19.1mm. A fascinating specimen from the studio of James Earle Fraser, produced in 1911 and described in contemporary letters to the Secretary of the Treasury. Light brown and gray with some lustrous copper undertones on the obverse, bright nickel gray on the blank reverse. This piece was produced in a soft “type” metal, then painted on the obverse with a copper-colored paint to make it easier to photograph and view. The obverse shows the now familiar Fraser Indian head design filling nearly the entire surface, with a crude “1911” date under his chin and heavily textured fields. A little spot of corrosion is present under the Indian's feather. Seeing this iconic design in such a diminutive form is visually interesting, but seeing it on a trial made by the sculptor himself makes this a unique piece of history.
   In 1911, James Earle Fraser was first approached about re-designing the nickel. In the spring of 1911, he was asked to accomplish a Lincoln portrait (see Lot 878), but by September of the same year Fraser had composed the Indian head design that would become his most recognizable work. He wrote to Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeigh (quoted in Taxay, U.S. Mint and Coinage, p. 342) on September 19 about the precise piece offered here:
   “Although I realize that no definite commission has been given me in regard to the designs for the new coins, I have become so much interested in the sketches that I have pushed them a little further and now they are in the shape of electrotypes which I should like to submit for your consideration. Of course, this means that they are still merely sketches and not finished products, but I have had them reduced and made into their present form for the purpose of showing exactly what I would wish done, provided I furnished them.”
   “At present, they are the size of the penny but they could easily be enlarged to any size desired. The idea of the Indian and the buffalo on the same coin is without doubt, purely American and seems to be singularly appropriate to have on our national coins. ... Therefore, I should like to ask whether or not you would consider placing these designs on the new model.”
   Later conversation would revolve around this obverse's lack of legends, and in 1912 Fraser would reduce the portrait further to make room for some inscription around the Indian's head. By December of that year, patterns were being struck at the Mint in preparation for a release in early 1913.
   The letter from Fraser to MacVeigh sums up this trial piece elegantly. It is a reduction from Fraser's own plaster model, simply the output from placing the model in a reducing machine and then electrotyping it to make it solid metal. It is, thus, the first metallic representation of this design and the numismatic pattern least removed from the sculptural process of America's most sculpted coin. This may have been the exact specimen sent to MacVeigh; today all authorities including the Judd book and uspatterns.com consider it unique. We cannot imagine a more historic way to begin an advanced collection of Indian Head nickels or a finer inclusion in a pattern collection dedicated to design history.
   Offerings from the Fraser estate were included in the October 1980 Joseph Lepczyk sale, including several of the original plaster casts from Fraser's studio. A few pieces similar to this were produced with a 1912 date and the usual obverse inscriptions, offered in the 1981 ANA sale and likewise from the Fraser estate.
   From the estate of James Earle Fraser; Bowers and Merena's sale of the Milton Cohen Collection, January 1985, Lot 507.
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   “The Robert Michael Prescott Collection” catalog description... Lot 878,Click to view this lot on the Stacks webpage1/3/2006 price realized $34,500: 1911 Lincoln “nickel” pattern electrotype trial. Copper-painted white metal, uniface. Judd C1911-2, Pollock-5155. Rarity-8. As Made. 69.5 grains, 21.5 mm. A lustrous metallic pale copper sheen is overlaid on the silver-gray metal beneath with some olive highlights. Very attractive, well made and sculptural in its relief. The tiny 1911 date is behind Lincoln's head, while LIBERTY, lacking from the first Indian designs, is along the left border. The fields are textured, and the profile of Lincoln is far more visually engrossing than that found on the Lincoln cent. This piece, while lotted after the Indian “cent” design in our sale and listed second in the Judd reference among the Fraser electrotrials, was actually conceived first.
   The method of production and history of this piece is the same as Lot 857, though this trial apparently dates from the summer of 1911. Taxay notes that it was May 1911 when the Treasury Department began to consider redesigning the nickel, and within a month Mint Director George Roberts corresponded with Fraser about possible designs. Fraser's reply to Roberts, dated June 13, 1911, is cited by Taxay:
   “I think your idea of the Lincoln head is a splendid one and I shall be very glad to make you some sketches as soon as possible and let you see them. I think they should be reduced to the actual size of the coin; otherwise we will not be really able to judge them, even in the sketch period. I will have that done here, where I can watch the process.”
   The present lot is the reduced “sketch” Fraser mentioned, like the previous piece an electrotype copy of the reduction from plaster made on the reducing lathe in his studio. It is apparently the only surviving trial from the non-starting Lincoln design, doomed both by the presence of a Lincoln cent and Fraser's own desire to try an Indian and Buffalo motif. While Pollock lists two varieties, we believe these may actually both be this specimen, simply photographed in indifferent quality during one of its two offerings. This Judd number is described by uspatterns.com as unique. Reunited with the Lot 857 from Fraser's lathe and, later, his estate, we would be delighted to see both enter the same advanced cabinet.
   The weight published in the 1981 ANA sale was apparently a typo, as this is the same piece.
   From the estate of James Earle Fraser; Bowers and Ruddy's 1981 ANA Sale, July 1981, Lot 2423; Bowers and Merena's sale of the Milton Cohen Collection, January 1985, Lot 506.
These two specimens were pointed out in a Stack's catalog by our friend Andy Lustig, AKA MrEureka, Coin Hound ~ 2/2/2008
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