Force. They had been away from their families for as long as five years. They
were rebuilding their lives in peacetime, getting back to their jobs and if
they could, to their hobbies.
those who served in the United States armed forces from Stack's was John J.
Ford, Jr., who served in U.S. Army Intelligence. Cornelius Vermeule was an Army finance specialist who was in Japan inventorying their money, as he was fluent in Japanese.
Commander. James C. Risk was a U.S. naval attaché to Russia. In addition, we gained Henry
Grunthal, who immigrated to the
United States after the war.
These were just a few of the specialists who once again became a part of
Stack’s and they were much needed as we found that the post-war era brought
many collectors back to the hobby, as well as attracting new ones
order to produce catalogs for the many sales we held in the years from 1945
through 1949, we needed a good research staff, fluent in all areas of
numismatics. In this way we could engage all the returning and new collectors
in building collections and buying and selling coins. It was what we needed in
order to properly conduct our business. By 1946, Ben, Norman and I had been "drafted" by our folks to be available to help any
day we were not tied up with school or schoolwork.
being a bit older than Norman and myself, finished school first and became
part of the Stack's
over-the-counter staff. In 1947 both
Norman and I were given similar positions in the firm. We were all very lucky that our fathers brought us into the
business at a time when the shop was very busy with many advanced collectors.
These numismatists visited the store to enhance their collections and check out
anything new we might have acquired. In addition, they were very generous
with their knowledge, teaching us what
they knew and had earlier researched. It was an extension of our education,
learning much about the art of collecting coins and other items.
was in this way that the “three young Stack's," as we were called in the shop, started on our way to becoming professional numismatists. We
learned about many different areas, from Ancient to modern world coins, the entire United States series in all metals, and paper
currency. As we became involved
with buying and selling, we had unique opportunities to see many of the greatest rarities as well as
outstanding collections. Our growing Public Auction program, usually conducted
once a month except in the summer, added to our experience especially in the
arts of grading and valuing.
this period, Stack's continued to handle items that were owned or had been owned
by some of the most
important names in the hobby, names that included David Proskey, James A.
Stack (no relative), James Flannigan, J.F. Bell, George H. Hall, Charles Deetz, Theodore Grand, and duplicates from the Louis E. Eliasberg
Collection. The last we sold under the name The H.R. Lee Collection, a title
created from the initials of Mr. Eliasberg’s wife’s maiden name and his own
was a hectic period at Stack's and my father and uncle worked seven days a week
and many nights to build our business and serve the many collectors who counted
on the firm. And the “three young Stack’s” learned all about hard work at the
same time they were learning about numismatics.