Archive for December 2010
This is an antique U.S.N. Mail Clerk safe I came across that is stated to be from the early 1900′s. There is no information on the make or model. If it is from the early 1900′s, it could have seen a few wars in its tenure. The Postal Clerk rating, was recently changed by merging the Postal Clerk (PC) and the Storekeeper (SK) duties, to the Logistics Specialist (LS), a much more twenty-first century term for the job.
I did a post on Challenge Coins a ways back and received a comment asking where one could have these kinds of coins made. While searching the inter-web I came across a company that can do just that, Coins for Anything Inc. is your go to place to get that special coin made for any occasion. They strive for complete customer satisfaction, and will do a digital image of your coin for free. I hope to have a few coins of my own made one of these days, after all this is The|Coinologist.
The U.S. Mint is coming out strong for next years line up. Here are the release dates for the first three products of 2011.
|2011 United States Mint Proof Set||January 11|
|2011 United States Mint Silver Proof Set||January 25|
|2011 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set||February 8|
Boy, these aren’t your Fathers proof sets. Who would have thought a set would have so many coins.
OK, here is a post for all you wild wild west folks. My good friend and musician Chris Heers is in Arizona this week, and has shared a couple of photos with me that I couldn’t resist posting. First is the Babbitt Brothers Building, a staple in the Flagstaff community since 1888, and second is what was in the building, a Safe Find! We all know I love old safes, especially when they have character. Well the second photo in the slide show, which you should pause and take a long look at, can’t have much more character that this. Just think a safe that at one time had piles of gold and silver in it from a successful dry goods store in wild west, is now a great display board for an Arizona poster. That’s why I love these shots, an artifact such as a safe can’t be just thrown in a closet. Thanks for the photos Chris, everyone be sure to pick up a copy of his CD Western Stars, one of my favorite quotes about his music is “Chris Heers writes in Technicolor.”
I found this antique National Cash Register, now know as NCR, a company that was founded in 1884. It is claimed to be from the 1930′s, used in a family barber shop, model #4155. It’s build the American way at 51 pounds, and has been in the family since new. The keys are included and appears to be in great condition. If you think about numismatics and the cash register, they sure are one in the same. This would be a treasure for anyone who loves this kind of collectible, and for fans of The Office, it’s not too far from Scranton, PA.
Just like your favorite watering hole, the U.S.Mint has last call. Make sure you pick up any 2009 products that might go to the melting pot. Don’t miss out!
I had the opportunity to sit a spell with Mike Pezak a few months ago while he made a silver bezel for the cross I wear around my neck. Twisting, soldering, and polishing silver, he created this great addition to my neck-piece, mind you, right in-front of my eyes. He is a wise man with many a story. He is one of the Hobo Nickel masters. He informed me about the Original Hobo Nickel Society, and showed me some of his first pieces of his new Engraving Art. Through out the conversation I came to understand the new and the old about this form of unique engraving, and the various people who represent both parts. From the outsiders point of view I like them both, each having their own special attributes. I enjoyed the time I spent with Mr. Pezak and hope to catch up with again one day.