When she dumped the coins on the counter and shoved the newspaper ad at me, I knew I had a problem. Mike was offering to buy average circulated coins, these were junk: corroded, clipped, some had been drilled for jewelry. I couldn’t pay that price.
Collecting coins is not as popular as a hobby as it once was. Today, most of us barely look at any change we might happen to get; the low purchasing power makes the coins more annoying than valuable. …
A few months back I wrote about my mother’s High School Yearbook from 1927. My sister had that stored away in a box with old family photos for many years; she gave it to me so that I could scan and digitize everything for the rest of our family.
I learned a few things about my mother in that yearbook. The most surprising to me was that she apparently had been on the Girls Basketball Team. She’s not in the team picture, but she was mentioned in the recap of their “losing season”. I never saw her touch a basketball…
I am writing this in mid October of 2020. The election that will determine if Donald Trump has a second term is a scant few days in the future. The warning I will give here is unlikely to sway any votes, but it may highlight a dangerous path we have been walking for more than a century.
The Christian Bible warns against idolatry. That concerned itself with images of “false” gods, but there is a parallel and a strong connection with rulers. Throughout much of history, and even in some instances today, kings ruled by Divine Right and were sometimes…
I wrote a bit about the politics of silver in Morgan Silver Dollars, and promised there to write a separate piece about America’s Trade Dollars. This is that story.
I have glossed over quite a few details and left out most of the politics to keep this story short and hopefully easier to follow. The references at the end will provide those details if you are interested.
If you are not a coin collector, you may never have seen or even heard of Trade Dollars. What is most interesting about them is that they were produced to be used in…
When I was a young boy in the mid-1950’s, banks still had silver dollars. You could walk in and trade paper dollars for real silver coins. You could spend them at any store; some cash registers even still had a slot for these.
But paper bills were what people used. Silver dollars are big coins; more than two or three would be annoying in your pocket or your hand. A store would take them as payment, but they wouldn’t try to give them as change. Those coins usually went straight to the bank at the close of business.
I previously wrote about my mother’s 1927 yearbook which was included with a box of old photos and things my sister gave to me. Shortly after writing about that, I came across another yearbook. This one was the Sharon High yearbook for 1931. My father was a junior in that year.
This yearbook is much less fancy than my mother’s. The graduating students have very little said about them, and there is not much content in the yearbook’s scant 24 pages: a few pictures, some descriptions of sports, and little else.
This yearbook is a disappointment after the rich history…
These pictures came from my paternal grandmother, who passed them to her daughter, who in turn gave them to my sister. The pictures sat untouched in a drawer for many decades and were only remembered during a recent conversation.
I never knew or imagined that these pictures existed. My sister has digitized a few and will soon be delivering more for me to scan so that our whole family, distant cousins, and family yet unborn may see their ancestors and relatives.
Where I know or can research their personal lives, I have provided that.
Lewis Eddy Beardsley was born in…
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is located east of Worcester and is where my mother grew up and attended High School. Very recently my sister came across her graduation yearbook from 1927.
Shrewsbury has had a High School since 1879, so it didn’t surprise me that she had a yearbook, but I was fascinated to see how similar it was in format to yearbooks of today.
It’s interesting that the yearbook has a logo on the front page that says ‘Shrewsbury High School 1866”, differing from the history at the town website.
Apparently yearbooks have existed since at least the 1880s and High…
The picture above is a Lawrence family heirloom. I’m not sure that “toy” is the right word, however, that is the word my father and his mother used.
I know that it was a gift to Herbert Myron Lawrence, my father’s grandfather. My father gave it to me and I, in turn, have given it to my oldest daughter.
Interesting stories about collections