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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Seven

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Seven

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Much of my youth and my teenage years occurred in the time surrounding the Great Depression of the early 1930s. I was lucky in that my family was able to survive all right financially and it was not until later years that I realized how difficult those times were for a lot of people. 
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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Six

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Six

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

I am often asked: “Since your family was so involved in coins, why weren’t you more involved with coin collecting? First of all, collecting coins during my childhood was financially difficult as having a few cents extra was a big deal, not just for kids and teenagers, but for the whole family. 

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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Five

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Five

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The Great Depression of the 1930s was terrible for millions of people, and many of those who had been involved in collecting, be it coins, stamps, art or anything else, disappeared from the scene. While the general public was struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, for those who were still rich, like Morgan, Hetty Green and her son, Col. E.H.R. Green, the Kennedys, Rockefellers and Hearsts, collecting was still well within their means. 
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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part 4

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part 4

As the recession started to loosen up, and money became a bit easier to come by for some, we kids and teenagers had a few extra pennies in our pockets. I had a paper route to sell the Saturday Evening Post and made a few extra cents that I could contribute to my family’ earnings. 
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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Three

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Three

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As I wrote earlier, extra money was short for the average working family during the Depression years and the post Depression years.  Very little was set aside for personal hobbies and collecting. Among the “free” items we collected were cigar labels, actually the bands that were wrapped around the cigars to identify the brand and type of tobacco
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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Two

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part Two

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

In Part 1 of this series I tried to explain that as a child during the Depression, there was little money around to spend on a hobby. So we kids collected bottle caps, marbles and used postage stamps.  Virtually nothing was bought, but usually found in the streets or around the house, things that would have been disregarded if we had not saved them.

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What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part One

What Did I Collect as a Teenager? Part One

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

When I talk to collectors I am often asked: "Did you collect coins as a teenager, or did you have any other hobbies?" Since I am past my 86th birthday, my teenage memories go back to the 1930s and early 1940s, the years at the end of and just after the Great Depression.  

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Snow Versus the Collector, Part 3

Snow Versus the Collector, Part 3

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As I write this story of the J.W. Schmandt Collection it is February 2015 and the continuous snow the Northeast has received over three weekends in a row inspired me to write about this famous collection, sold by Stack's in February 1957, during one of the worst winters in New York since the blizzard of 1888.

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