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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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Snow Versus the Collector, Part 2

Snow Versus the Collector, Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As I reported in my last story, the sale of the J.W. Schmandt Collection of United States Gold Silver and Copper Coins went forward on February 1 and 2, 1957, despite the record snowfall and the delays in transportation. According to the weather bureau this February storm was among the worst New York had experienced since they started to keep records in 1888.

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Snow Versus the Collector, Part One

Snow Versus the Collector, Part One

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

So what does snow have to do with an auction sale? Looking out of my window for the past few weeks and seeing nothing but white covering my lawn and the streets, I could not help but remember a Stack's sale that defied snow.

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Bids Farwell to Historic Steinway Hall

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Bids Farwell to Historic Steinway Hall

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

 When Stack's decided to move after its long stay on New York’s 46th Street, we selected a location on  57th Street, a few feet away from the legendary Steinway Hall - showrooms of the most important piano maker in America. Now after being a neighbor on the street for over six decades (1953 to 2015), the fabulous showroom and offices of Steinway Pianos (at this location for 90 years) are moving to another location in New York. 

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The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part  10

The Incredible Collections of Reed Hawn, Part 10

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Reed Hawn, Connoisseur and Advocate

Reed Hawn, a Texas oilman and Arabian horse breeder, became known to the collecting world during the last quarter of the 20th century.  He started collecting coins from change when he was nine years old, placing them in a coin album.  He learned about rarity and quality from handling coins and reading all he could about them.

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