American Vecturist Association
The American Vecturist Association (or AVA) is an organization of transportation token collectors in the United States and Canada, as well as worldwide. Members of the AVA receive the Fare Box, the monthly newsletter of the AVA. The Fare Box contains advertisements, stories, and information about various tokens, as well as resources to buy, sell, and trade tokens. AVA members are also eligible to join the New Issue Service, which mails new transportation tokens to its members for a nominal fee.
In 1920, Mr. F.C. Kenworthy began cataloging his transportation token collection. Five years later, Mr. Kenworthy handed his work off to Mr. R.W. Dunn. In 1932 Mr. Dunn printed his list of U.S. and foreign transportation tokens. Shortly after printing, Dr. Dunn passed the task of cataloging transportation tokens off to Ronald C. Atwood. In 1948, Mr. Atwood had his National Check and Premium List of All U.S. Transportation Tokens published by the American Numismatic Company of Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Mr. R.L. Moore began publishing the Fare Box, a monthly newsletter about transportation tokens. On October 31, 1948, the American Vecturist Association was formed in New York City out of interest sparked from Mr. Moore's newsletter. Two months later, Mr. Moore turned over the Fare Box to the newly formed American Vecturist Association. John M. Coffee Jr. (died 2012), a history professor at Emerson College in Boston and Unitarian minister, was the Editor of the Fare Box for 60 years.
The AVA holds its annual convention in a different U.S. city every August. The 2010 convention was held August 12–15, 2010 at the Marriott in Norfolk, VA. The 2011 convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the convention, members are able to buy, sell and trade tokens as well as attend the auction and banquet.
The AVA publishes a number of books, all of which are available at discount prices to AVA members:
- Volume I – The Atwood-Coffee Catalogue of United States and Canadian Transportation Tokens, The Listing: (2007; 940 pages, hardbound or loose-leaf): 6th Edition. Complete listing of all known U.S. and Canadian transportation tokens, with collector values.
- Volume II – The Atwood-Coffee Catalogue of United States and Canadian Transportation Tokens: History and Encyclopedia of Transportation Tokens: (1984; 776 pages, hardbound): 4th Edition. Compendium of stories and articles about transportation tokens with thousands of photos, quantities struck, dates of usage, rates of fare, etc.
- Volume III – The Atwood-Coffee Catalogue of United States and Canadian Transportation Tokens: The Die Variety Encyclopedia (1986; 946 pages, hardbound): Lists minor die varieties of U.S. and Canadian transportation tokens, with thousands of enlarged, high quality photos.
- Car Wash tokens of North America, 2nd edition (2001; 330 pages)
- Land Company and Real Estate Tokens (110 pages, hardbound)
- President: Richard Mallicote
- Vice-President: Chris Donovan
- Secretary: Peter Irion
- Treasurer and Convention Chairman: Joel J. Reznick
- Curator and Annual Token Auction Coordinator: Keith M. Haney
- Fare Box Editor: Bob Schneider
- Past President: Bob Schneider
- Gould, Maurice M. (July 5, 1966). "Vecturist Group Token Collectors". The Windsor Star. p. 32. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- Paul Davis—Conductor (March 11, 1958). "Good Morning". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- Wentworth, Richard L. (November 18, 1982). "Vecturists get token glance at offbeat hobby". Beaver County Times. Beaver County, Pennsylvania. p. B9. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- Rhea Becker and Amanda Jenkins (May 16, 2012). "Emerson mourns the loss of Rev. John Coffee". Emerson College Today. Emerson College. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Michael Pollak; George Robinson (March 28, 2004). "F.Y.I.: Tokens' Value, at Best". The New York Times. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
Not a chance, said the Rev. John M. Coffee, who for 55 years has edited the newsletter of the American Vecturist Association, a group of about 600 token collectors.
- Bardes, Herbert C. (August 6, 1967). "Coins; World Transit Scene Book Power". The New York Times. pp. 103, Section Arts & Leisure. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
The American Vecturist Association is winding up its annual three-day convention today at the Curtis Hotel in Minneapolis.