Adrián González-Salinas of Monterrey, Mexico submitted this follow-up on the question of the two printings of the 2nd edition of Ku Klux Klan Tokens by D. E. Birdsell. Thanks!
I received a letter from Mr. Rex Stark (Gardner, MA) containing a catalog of Ku Klux Klan Tokens 2nd Edition 1981 by D. E. Birdsell.
I compared page by page of the catalog of Mr. Rex Stark against my personal copy and both copies have the same content.
According to the Memorandum of D. E. Birdsell Publisher to All Recipients of Ku Klux Klan Tokens 1981:
"In order to afford this printer and his press operator better/easier conditions, we reshot several illustrations which had not reproduced well.
I now invite your inspection, and hope you find improvement, on KK-101, KT-202, KM-201-A, KM-203-A, KM-311, KK-2004, KK-1030, KK-2030 (and a couple others).
"The first printing last month marred literally every illustration with either caked ink or too much water for a washed-out effect. I believe we now have an overall
improvement via a different, more experienced press foreman."
Again, I compared the photos of the tokens noted above and both catalogs have the same quality of photographs, so both catalogs are of the first printing.
I believe that the second printing of Ku Klux Klan Tokens 1981 2nd edition is rarer than the first printing of this same edition.
I have attached some pictures (covers and tokens mentioned above) comparing the catalog of Mr. Rex Stark and mine.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
KU KLUX KLAN TOKEN BOOK, 2ND EDITION
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 30, 2023 : KKK Token Book Printing Confirmed
DALE ESTIN BIRDSELL (1920-1998)
QUERY: KU KLUX KLAN TOKENS 2ND ED, 1ST PRINTING
Wayne Homren, Editor
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