Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
Good morning, Is it Wyatt Earp?
Karen,Intriuging guess, but not correct.I happen to be a big W.E. fan.PJM
I'm a fan too, and he came intomy mind when I saw the photo.
Gifford Pinchot? While Gov of Pennsylvania, he set up work camps in the 1930's that were the model for Roosevelt's CCC.
Downtown Indy,Nice guess, but no cigar.PJM
Is it Buffalow Bill?
Not Buffalo Bill.Hmmmm . . . maybe not one is up for the task this morning. Perhaps this is the day that I finally win.PJM
The guy on the right looks like Arthur M. Hyde, Secretary of Agriculture 1929 to 1933. Unfortunately, I don't know who the guy on the left is!
Marie,As stated in the official game rules the objective was to name the person on the left, yet you chose to try and name the person on the right.Not only that, your attempt to name the person on the right was incorrect.Sheesh, sometimes I wonder why I even bother with this game.PJM
PJMCharles Evans HughesSupreme Court Justice? Former candidate for President...
Ross,I laugh at your attempt to win this contest. Your entry is not correct.PJM
Albert A. Hyde?
Ray,Not Correct.Maybe we should go back to talking about the weather, since no one is winning the contest.50 degrees here, and light rain.PJM
Andrew William Mellon.Feeling a bit more confident withthis attempt.
Ray,You are correct, it is Andrew Mellon, the Secretary of the Treasury in the years leading up to the Great Depression.Good job!PJM
Good job Ray. The other is Ogden Mills.
Nate,Yes, the other is Ogden Mills, the Secretary of the Treasury after William Mellon. Ogden Mills had the position in the early years of the depression.PJM
Yes...Great job Ray!(I wish I was half as good at British history as you are a US...)
Ogeden wrote the Bank Holiday Act FDR later used...
Thanks Nate, and well done onOgden Mills.I was on the beach this morningfor a couple of hours with mymetal detector, found three pound coins. About $5 US.
I agree with you Ross.Ray, congrats on the find. Ever since I visited England in the 1980s, I have wondered why we are so inept at producing a viable dollar coin. The pound coin is great - smaller and thicker. I think if the US had copied your pound coin, we would have moved away from paper dollars long ago.
Thanks, Ross_from_MaineI had know idea who these peoplewere until I stumbled upon them.Starting with American...and thenany title I can think of...Googleimage search...and hope I getlucky.Most English people, with a reasonable education, would laughat my knowledge of Britishhistory.
Congrats Ray, and Nate, good job.That's all well and good, but what's the weather like? And Ray, what was it like on the beach?
Congrats Ray and also to Nate. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the day!
NateI think your right. The pound coinis easier to handle, with our whole coin system being a lot better now than it was in the past.Before decimal coinage, we had240 pence to the pound, I was gladwhen they changed over.Having said that, when in Americain the 1960s, I really liked thelook of US money. The one dollarcoin is a classic. But take yourpoint about the one dollar note.
Ray, I’ve had a long fascination with the design of currency and coin. Your pound coin in genius. I did like the old large sized silver dollars, but they’re practical only if their value is worth more than today’s dollar. Adjusted for inflation, a large US Ben Franklin silver dollar in 1960 would have been worth about $7.50 of today’s buying power. Where we really messed up was with the 1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, almost the exact same shape as a quarter. The new dollar coins are at least a different color, but I think they have a rather poor tarnished look when in circulation. If they’re going to use that brass-like alloy, they should have copied the Ielpo interlocking metal coins (like are now used on the 1 and 2 euro coins).
Nate,Have you seen the Silver and Gold coins minted in Mexico in the first half of the 1900's? Some of the most beautiful coins ever minted, in my mindy. Check out the winged victory 50 peso gold, or the silver Quatemoc, also the Mexican railroad coin. Really beautiful.PJM
PJM, those are all nice ones! My favorite US coin is still the Walking Liberty half dollar, but my vote for the most beautiful of all time is the 1847 Victoria Gothic Crown:http://24carat.co.uk/images/1847crownvictoriagothicobv400.jpghttp://24carat.co.uk/images/1847crownvictoriagothicrev400.jpg
Thanks to Karen and Joe in NC.Joe, the weather today was overcast and 42*F, slight wind.Just after Christmas I had somevery cold days, with one day being really bitter. The only thing that will stop meis rain.
Nate, my interest began as a child.My grandfather owned a hardwarestore in Grimsby, one that sold everything, he also had some of the first vending machines outside. If you could get a coin into it of a reasonable weight itworked.So apart from the money he made from the machines, he also amassed a large tin of coins thatwere of no use to him.These were passed onto me, and soa long interest in coins and theirdesign began. It's interesting you mentioned thecrown, its my favorite English coin. I have two 1935 crowns.The one you like and linked istruly magnificent. I'd never seenit before. I also like the coppertwopence, George III 1797. Theycall it the 'cartwheel'...it really is a big coin.Our £2 pound coin is made in thatinterlocking way you mentioned. I'll lookup the coins PJM mentioned, they sound interesting.
The reason they made a one pound coin in the 80's was so that you could hear the pound falling...Eeyore
EeyoreVery good...I can still hear it!
Uh Nate--The Ben Franklin silver coin was the half dollar.