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Does Anyone Collect Vignettes?

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Posted 11/12/2016   09:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Al E. Gator to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are probably far more steel engravings and wood block prints that have been removed from books then those still in books. Its hard to go into a real antique shop (as opposed to flea market shops calling themselves antique shops) and not find them for sale. It is shameful when they have been removed from good books. About 20 or so years ago I knew a collector that had several thousand steels. I've lost track of him and he's probably passed on by now. I wonder want happened to his collection?
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Posted 11/12/2016   2:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I appreciate the tip about this practice. Good to know.
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Posted 11/27/2016   2:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a good example. http://m.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-AMERI...100408.m2460 The dealer never actually states where the engraving was taken from.
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Edited by GregAlex - 11/27/2016 2:21 pm
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Posted 01/01/2018   9:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add techwriter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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There are probably far more steel engravings and wood block prints that have been removed from books then those still in books. Its hard to go into a real antique shop (as opposed to flea market shops calling themselves antique shops) and not find them for sale. It is shameful when they have been removed from good books. About 20 or so years ago I knew a collector that had several thousand steels. I've lost track of him and he's probably passed on by now. I wonder want happened to his collection?


, I've seen them in the flea markets and "antique" shops; even saw a collection in a pawn shop.
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Posted 12/08/2018   11:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hadn't thought about this topic for a while, but I have a few more vignette proofs that I thought would be fun to share.











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Edited by GregAlex - 12/09/2018 12:00 am
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Posted 12/09/2018   03:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! That last vignette is just stunning.
Whew! what skill.
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Posted 12/21/2018   3:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I haven't mentioned it on this thread, but USPS Commemorative Panels are probably the most cost-effective way to acquire engraved vignettes of the American Bank Note Co. The U.S. Postal Service started putting these out in 1972 to capitalize on collector demand for their commemorative stamps. They contracted American Bank Note to create each panel with usually three engraved vignettes, thematically related to the stamp. Then the Post Office would attach a block of mint stamps and seal them in plastic. These are still being sold today, but the use of engravings stopped after 2001.

Here's a couple great examples of why I like them so much. The first two years of the series, 1972 and '73, ABNC chose to illustrate the annual Christmas stamp panels with four of their best known engravings of Santa. These are rarely seen and highly sought on banknotes and other securities. In fact I think most were engraved by predecessor companies before ABNC was formed in 1858.

Enjoy -- and Merry Christmas to All!










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Posted 06/09/2019   6:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've gotten more active lately with vignette collecting. Some nice ones are showing up regularly on eBay.









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Posted 06/09/2019   9:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add funcitypapa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Really like the streetcar vignette
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Posted 11/12/2019   12:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It took me three years, but I finally noticed that vignette I posted of the teeny tiny log cabin and woodcutter actually appears on a Commemorative Panel! (CP-62, in the upper right.) So I can say for sure it is an American Bank Note engraving.



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Posted 11/21/2020   10:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Casey Magoo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have over 200 of these, so I guess I 'collect them'. They are all the same with low serial numbers. Not a separate vignette obviously (whole certificates) but a playful image of a little girl doing the important work. These are just photos, so I am sorry about the quality.




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