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Tomorrow, Monday 27th May, is a Spring Bank Holiday in England and Wales. Bank holidays take their name from the fact that banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on these day. And it’s a day off work for most people.

Americans will also celebrate their ‘bank’ holiday tomorrow. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the country. Banks will also close.What I am about to tell you can be found in numerous places on the Web, but you may not have heard it before and you can always check for yourself. Briefly, the account states:

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More than 100 years ago a train named the J G Kellogg fell from a ferry into the Sacramento river and was never recovered. In 1970 researchers delving into the history of the incident said that it was a very rare locomotive, being the second oldest in the State …

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The JG Kellogg was built in 1866 and toppled from a ferry into the Sacramento river ion the 1890’s.

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WHAT IS IT?

“At the time I was one of the administrators on an online forum so I posted a picture and awaited identification. Nothing. Not a sausage …”

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FRANK’S FIND IS ON THE LEFT

Who Were The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers?

Most of us will have heard of the Freemasons and some of my subscribers may even know of their inner workings. The Royal Andediluvian Order of Buffaloes may also be familiar, but I reckon not many have heard of that other fraternal organisation, the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers.

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PROLOGUE

In the late 1950’s, when I was but a spotty callow youth, scared of girls and inexperienced in the ways of the world, the silver shilling was of a higher quality. Maybe my memory fails me but did I handle Victorian copper coins still in circulation in the 1940’s? The condition was very poor. Here are some well-worn examples from my own collection.

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