Saturday, January 23, 2010

Game Day

OK, game day is here. What you have to do is name the man on the left of the picutre. Now, if your initials are N.M. you must name both people. Ready, Set, . . . . . GO!


  1. Good morning, Is it Wyatt Earp?

  2. Karen,
    Intriuging guess, but not correct.

    I happen to be a big W.E. fan.


  3. I'm a fan too, and he came into
    my mind when I saw the photo.

  4. Gifford Pinchot? While Gov of Pennsylvania, he set up work camps in the 1930's that were the model for Roosevelt's CCC.

  5. Downtown Indy,
    Nice guess, but no cigar.


  6. Is it Buffalow Bill?

  7. Not Buffalo Bill.

    Hmmmm . . . maybe not one is up for the task this morning. Perhaps this is the day that I finally win.


  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. PJM

    Charles Evans Hughes

    Supreme Court Justice? Former candidate for President...

  11. Ross,
    I laugh at your attempt to win this contest. Your entry is not correct.

  12. 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.

  13. Andrew William Mellon.

    Feeling a bit more confident with
    this attempt.

  14. Andrew William Mellon.

    Feeling a bit more confident with
    this attempt.

  15. Ray,
    You are correct, it is Andrew Mellon, the Secretary of the Treasury in the years leading up to the Great Depression.

    Good job!

  16. Good job Ray. The other is Ogden Mills.

  17. 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.

  18. Yes...Great job Ray!

    (I wish I was half as good at British history as you are a US...)

  19. Ogeden wrote the Bank Holiday Act FDR later used...

  20. Thanks Nate, and well done on
    Ogden Mills.
    I was on the beach this morning
    for a couple of hours with my
    metal detector, found three pound
    coins. About $5 US.

  21. 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.

  22. Thanks, Ross_from_Maine

    I had know idea who these people
    were until I stumbled upon them.
    Starting with American...and then
    any title I can think of...Google
    image search...and hope I get
    Most English people, with a
    reasonable education, would laugh
    at my knowledge of British

  23. 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?

  24. Congrats Ray and also to Nate. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the day!

  25. Nate

    I think your right. The pound coin
    is easier to handle, with our
    whole coin system being a lot
    better now than it was in the past.
    Before decimal coinage, we had
    240 pence to the pound, I was glad
    when they changed over.

    Having said that, when in America
    in the 1960s, I really liked the
    look of US money. The one dollar
    coin is a classic. But take your
    point about the one dollar note.

  26. 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).

  27. 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.

  28. 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:

  29. Thanks to Karen and Joe in NC.

    Joe, the weather today was
    overcast and 42*F, slight wind.
    Just after Christmas I had some
    very cold days, with one day
    being really bitter.
    The only thing that will stop me
    is rain.

  30. Nate, my interest began as a child.
    My grandfather owned a hardware
    store 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 it
    So apart from the money he made
    from the machines, he also
    amassed a large tin of coins that
    were of no use to him.
    These were passed onto me, and so
    a long interest in coins and their
    design began.
    It's interesting you mentioned the
    crown, its my favorite English
    coin. I have two 1935 crowns.
    The one you like and linked is
    truly magnificent. I'd never seen
    it before. I also like the copper
    twopence, George III 1797. They
    call it the 'cartwheel'
    really is a big coin.
    Our £2 pound coin is made in that
    interlocking way you mentioned.
    I'll lookup the coins PJM
    mentioned, they sound interesting.

  31. The reason they made a one pound coin in the 80's was so that you could hear the pound falling...

  32. Eeyore
    Very good...I can still hear it!

  33. Uh Nate--The Ben Franklin silver coin was the half dollar.