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Information sought on 'Story of Money' cards

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I am looking for information about a series of tri-fold collector cards, called "The Story of Money." The cards were aimed at young children to teach them about the coins of the European nations. Each color card has information about a specific foreign coin, as well as some images about the nation whence it came. While children were encouraged to collect the cards, they were also encouraged to cut out the image of the coin from the card to have it for play. (Thereby ruining the card for those of us, many years later, who wish to collect them. Alas!)

The cards measure 6 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches high when opened and 2 3/4 inches wide by 4 inches high when folded. As far as I know, there were 56 cards in the series, printed by the Waggaman Lithographic Mfg. Inc. of Washington, D.C. I don't know when they were printed, but the cards could be obtained through the purchase of a loaf of bread from a bakery that participated in the program. The bakery's information was included on the back of the centre fold in a sponsor area. To date, I have seen only two types of bread/bakeries advertised: Betsy Ross Bread from The Whiteside Bakery Co.; and Butter Krust Bread from The Old Homestead Bakery Co., Denver. I have also seen cards with the sponsor/baker area blank. On the front of each card, in the lower left or right corner, the card number (between 1-56) was printed in grey ink.

More by good luck than good management, I have thus far been able to acquire 31 of the 56 cards. If anyone can help out with information about the series, the list of available cards (nation, denomination, card number), acquisition of the cards themselves, images of the cards, what bakeries distributed the cards, and information about Waggaman, I would be very appreciative. My scouring of the web has yielded very little data so far. Here is an image of the inside and outside of the card for the Russian 1 Kopek to maybe jog some memories.

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Written by Steve Woodland at 00:00

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