With the ANA visiting Portland, a Lewis and Clark collection seems appropriate, especially an unlisted, little known so-called dollar to kick it off.
ANA convention badges and medals are a great, albeit challenging, collecting theme. My cover photo is a good example. Only twelve members attended the 1915 convention in San Francisco. Seventeen badges can be counted in the convention photo if I remember correctly. The convention badge used the gold-plated official medal from the Panama Pacific International Exposition. The ANA museum has an intact badge. I am not aware of any others, so I created an image using a looped medal from my collection. One can pretend it came from an actual badge.
I recently designed and produced the new book, The Token and Medal Society Guide to U.S. Shell Cards 1867 - 1880, by Q. David Bowers. I began my own collection of shell cards while working on the book. I need to have a few pieces to inspire me while working and I fell in love with these rare examples of American history. My cover photo is a Tansill's Punch mirror shell card from Chicago, B-IL-545, in our new book.
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