Big record find from a couple months ago at a flea market: The Greatest Country Music Recordings of All Time by the Franklin Mint; a 50-box, 100-LP set with extensive liner notes. Goes from the earliest recordings through the early 80s.
Best of all, it didn’t break my rule of only buying $2 records. Got the whole set for $100. Heckuva deal!
Found someone who annotated some of the details if you’re interested:
I have some great things planned next week with the AMAZING sculptor Steve Lord! Steve has done work for Franklin Mint, Danbury Mint, Rhythm and Hues, Odd World Inhabitants and Frank Frazetta just to name a few. I will keep you posted!
I unfortunately bought something from the Franklin Mint years ago and they continue to send me their catalog of die-cast collectables. They like to ramp up the hype for the holiday season with gems like this. Nothing says “I’m flaming and really into old cars” like a 1933 Duesenberg Twenty Grand covered in Swarovski Crystals.
March 23 1836, The first steam powered coin press was invented by Franklin Peale and coins were printed that day. There is some discrepancy about the date that appears on some of the U.S. Mint coins. One token that was printed says, “United States Mint, First Steam Coinage, Feb. 22, 1836.” According to Director Patterson’s report, however, March 23 is the correct date. Perhaps some coins were printed in advance, or February 22 was the date planned for the first printing. It also may have be chosen to coincide with George Washington’s birthday, but delay or postponement ensued and the coining press wasn’t operated until March 23. The February 22 coins were never recalled.
“On the 23rd of March last (1836), the first steam coinage in America was executed at this Mint; and the performance of the press, in which the power of the lever is substituted for that of the screw, has answered all our expectations. Since that time, all the copper coins have been struck by this press, and it has been lately used with success for coining half dollars. The workmen are now engaged in making other steam presses; and as these are completed, the coining by human labor be abandoned, and the work that can be executed in…the Mint will be greatly increased.” - Robert Maskell Patterson, the director of the Mint from 1835 to 1851, wrote the following report to President Andrew Jackson in 1837: