Jake Sherlock of the American Numismatic Association forwarded this press release about a publicity stunt and educational talk
planned for the ANA's Portland National Money Show in March. -Editor
the founder of the Short Snorter Project and a member of the American Numismatic Association, will drop eight vintage blue seal U.S. $1 silver
certificate Short Snorters into circulation in Portland during the 2015 National Money Show, to be held March 5-7 at the Oregon Convention
Sparks will drop four Short Snorter notes into circulation on Wednesday, March 4, the day before the show opens. He will drop another four into
circulation on Friday, March 6.
A Short Snorter is a banknote that has been signed by people traveling together by aircraft. The tradition began in the 1920s with Alaskan bush
pilots and spread through military and commercial aviation, especially during World War II. The term "short snort" means less than a full
shot of liquor, a joke among pilots who knew the dangers of mixing aviation and alcohol.
Of the eight Short Snorters that will be dropped into circulation, one of them is signed by Red Skelton, a comedian and clown who was part of
several United Service Organization (USO) tours during World War II.
"I wish to bring attention to the Short Snorter tradition and provide a means to educate the public about these artifacts brought home by
brave men and women who served our country," Sparks said. "The Short Snorter Project is dedicated to those who fought for our freedom. Many
of those folks did not live to tell their own story. I would like future generations to understand Short Snorters and keep the memories
Sparks will be promoting Short Snorter notes throughout the show. He will give a Money Talks presentation at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, titled
"The Short-Snorter Project: Still Keeping the Memories Alive" in Room E144. He will also exhibit a collection of Short Snorters at the
I've never collected Short Snorters, but they're a fascinating avenue of numismatics with interesting connections to real
people and historic events. The Short Snorter Project is this week's Featured Web Site (see the last article in today's issue for a link).
To read the complete press release, see:
Short Snorter notes dropping prior to Portland National Money
Wayne Homren, Editor
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