Pennylicious, a blog about money
September 10, 2006 6:58 PM   Subscribe

Pennylicious is a (relatively) new blog, all about money. And yet despite that, it's fascinating. With entries about JSG Boggs, who draws US Currency freehand, or the greatest hobo nickels ever created, or the official currency of Emperor Norton (the only Emperor of the U.S.), among many other subjects, the blog covers a number of topics that may or may not be familiar to readers with a interesting links that even fans of a subject may not have seen.
posted by jonson (16 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is fascinating.
posted by null terminated at 7:08 PM on September 10, 2006


Holy crud, those hobo nickels are amazing. Surely, I'm not the only one who wants to be a hobo now, so I can make my own nickels?
posted by Greg Nog at 7:12 PM on September 10, 2006 [1 favorite]


Another winner, jonso, thanks. Sadly, though, the concentration camp money post links to a site that itself links without warning to a Holocaust revisionist page (click if you must: http://compuserb.com/germandefenseleague/concmony.htm). An excerpt:

However, a plethora of documentary evidence, long suppressed, shows that prisoners were relatively well-treated, compensated for their hard work and allowed to purchase luxuries to which even the German public did not have ready access. This is not the image of abject deprivation that the Holocaust lobby would like you to entertain.

Pennylicious looks great, though.
posted by mediareport at 7:45 PM on September 10, 2006


hobo nickels
posted by caddis at 7:46 PM on September 10, 2006


If you ever collected coins as a kid...well, this just makes sense. Yes, I knew there was a two-cent piece. The best investment from those days? Not the 1909 VDB--better off with tons of Confederate money. Thanks for the link.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 7:55 PM on September 10, 2006


JSG Boggs drew his very first bill in 1984 while sitting in a Chicago bar. The artist was doodling on a napkin, and the waitress liked his drawing and asked if he would pay his 90-cent bill with it instead of real money, and the "Boggs Notes" were born.

What was 90 cents in a bar in 1984? Is inflation really that bad?
posted by banished at 7:58 PM on September 10, 2006


mediareport - so you're saying that a site linked to on one of the entries on the blog that I linked to has a link somewhere on it to a third site which featured objectionable material? At some point x degrees of separation should be taken into account; who among us isn't connected to stormwatch.org in one way or another?
posted by jonson at 8:10 PM on September 10, 2006


mediareport

*Confessor shakes his head*

Linking to a site that espouses revisionist holocaust views is correctly verboten...

Linking to a site which links to a site that espouses revisionist holocaust views might be worth searching for an alternate link

But if I've read your comment correctly, you're calling out Jonson for linking to a site which links to a site which links to a site that you find offensive! Wouldn't it have been more productive to fire a note to the site which links to the revisionist material? Or the blog which links to that site?
posted by The Confessor at 8:10 PM on September 10, 2006


Confessor, I call jinx, and I demand that you email me a Coke!
posted by jonson at 8:11 PM on September 10, 2006


Gah!

Sorry for that, jonson, missed your latest post on preview.

I was actually planning to use the three degrees of stormfront angle myself. Just a bit too tired to get the right words out...
posted by The Confessor at 8:14 PM on September 10, 2006


hah. Stormfront/stormwatch. I can't even get my hate sites right. Stormwatch is just a cool watchmaking site, which I have now defamed.
posted by jonson at 9:11 PM on September 10, 2006


who among us isn't connected to stormwatch.org in one way or another?

Uh, do I even want to know how the title of a classic Tull album has been sullied? Ok, not a fantastic album, but it had Dun Ringill. And cool cover art.
posted by dreamsign at 9:14 PM on September 10, 2006


This is really interesting - especially liked the Boggs notes. Thanks jonson!
posted by djgh at 9:36 PM on September 10, 2006


At some point x degrees of separation should be taken into account

Jesus Hitler Christ, relax. I said it was a cool post; I was just noting for posterity that I saw a fucked-up link to a revisionist site somewhere in the mix. Not a "callout" like "THE CONFESSOR" idiotically labelled it.
posted by mediareport at 10:11 PM on September 10, 2006


(Oh, and the "jonso" was a pre-post editing typo, not a snide attack. I decided to ignore the must-correct-own-typos thing a while ago; sorry if it made my comment look overly snarky.)
posted by mediareport at 10:13 PM on September 10, 2006


On the subject of the concentration camp money, I wonder how it was earned and what it was used to buy in an atmosphere of total deprivation where so many people died.

The Westerbork link says that only about 5,000 of the 107,000 prisoners who went there survived.
posted by MonkeyC at 10:22 AM on September 11, 2006


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