A couple years ago on another paper money forum, a member posted a pair of multiple Civil War scrip pieces from Nacogdoches County, Texas. These were of interest not only for the fronts but for what was on the back -- they were printed on sections of a previously unknown railroad bond. Other members posted similar scrip pieces and, using Photoshop and some creative compositing, I was able to stitch together the top half of the bond, which we figured out was for the Eastern Texas Rail Road.
This past week I discovered the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency at Southern Methodist University. The library housing the collection recently did scans of all the currency, which are now viewable online at http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/c...llection/tbn
. It includes more than a dozen pieces of Nacogdoches scrip.
Among these, I was able to find eight more "puzzle pieces" which provide a larger image of the lower half of the bond, when attached to the mock-up I created earlier. This was a $100 coupon bond, which had five coupons along the bottom, paying $8 apiece in interest. Thanks to the hi-res images, I could even zoom in and identify the printer, which was Hosford & Ketcham of New York. It was a lot of fun doing this "online archaeology."
The Rowe-Barr collection is quite fascinating and I scrolled through all 63 pages of notes. It contains a vast number scrip pieces, many of which were also printed on repurposed paper. The variety is simply amazing and illustrates the dire shortage of paper during the war: uncut sheets of bank checks, newspapers, quack medicine advertisements, maps, circus flyers, banknotes, unissued stocks and bonds -- and even one that looks to be printed on the back of a personal letter! If you have some time, I encourage members to take a look at the collection.