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Sailor Jean walked his way into fame ;) and fortune ;);):ninja: .

 

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38mm Aluminum

 

One of a number of people around the world who walked long distances and sold souvenirs to support their quests. I don't know if Sailor Jean ever wrote his book, but he wrote one later as Colonial Jack. I'll post that token later.

 

I've managed to piece together a file on this character and I tracked down a copy of his book. I'm working on an article about his exploits.

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Colonial Jack and Sailor Jean are one and the same. It is the same trolleyette, a collapsable frame and a bicycle wheel. Sailor Jean's trolleyette carried a barrel with his stuff including tokens and doo dads to sell, clothes, etc. He sometimes slept out, but often stayed in hotels. The "sail" atop the barrel is an army tent.

 

Colonial Jack replaces the Barrel with a pyramid (the sphinx). Same idea. Both became billboards for businesses attaching cards for a fee.

 

His book: The Walk of Colonial Jack by John A. Krohn (1910). To quote Krohn:

 

Why did I push a wheelbarrow around the border of the United States?

To make money by selling my story.

But "the love of money is root of all evil."

Yes; still, most of us need the "root."

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  • 9 months later...

I couldn't wait for my issue of the Numismatist to arrive, so I read your article online and enjoyed it thoroughly. What an odd and charming character (John Krohn, not you, Bill!). Do you think the bet that allegedly prompted his first trek, and the whole "benefactor" angle, was a marketing ploy?

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I couldn't wait for my issue of the Numismatist to arrive, so I read your article online and enjoyed it thoroughly. What an odd and charming character (John Krohn, not you, Bill!). Do you think the bet that allegedly prompted his first trek, and the whole "benefactor" angle, was a marketing ploy?

 

Thank you.

 

Thank you. thank you! ;) (Although some might say I'm odd, I've never accused of being charming! :ninja: )

 

And finally, yes, my guess is that it was a marketing ploy, but he kept at it (and it turns out he was both a little odd and a whole lot charming). I wished I had had the chance to meet him by the time I had finished researching and writing the article. Corresponding with his granddaughter was the closest I got. She helped me learn things that I would not have otherwise discovered and I helped her learn things she never knew about her grandfather.

 

Coin collecting is a great hobby when it all comes together as it did when working on the article.

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