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This site provides a convenient way to make available a number of articles that I’ve written over the years reflecting my interests in the history of scrip, local currencies, emergency monies, political/satirical “funny money”, and other types of financial ephemera. Most of these pieces have appeared in Paper Money, the journal of the Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC). Others have appeared in history journals, an edited volume, and on my blog at the SPMC website. More recently I have begun researching and writing on the currency-like emissions of private companies, such as the premium coupons of the United Cigar Stores Co.

Gatch, Loren. 2004. “‘This is Not United States Currency’: Oklahoma’s Search for Liquidity during the Banking Crisis of 1933” Chronicles of Oklahoma 82 (Summer): 168-199.

Gatch, Loren. 2006. “Money Matters: The Stamp Scrip Movement in Depression-Era Oklahoma”, Chronicles of Oklahoma 84 (Fall): 260-87.

Gatch, Loren. 2006. “A Postscript to the Postal Note: Fractional Currency Schemes After the 1890s” Paper Money 45 (September/October): 360-368.

Gatch, Loren. 2006. “Sooner Scrip than Cash: Oklahoma’s Emergency Currency of March 1933” Paper Money 45 (November/December): 419-433.

Gatch, Loren. 2008. “Local Money in the United States During the Great Depression” Essays in Business and Economic History 26: 47-61.

Gatch, Loren. 2008. “A Satirical Note on the ‘Ham and Eggs’ California Scrip Movement of 1938-1939” Paper Money (November/December): 459-461.

Gatch, Loren. 2009. “An the West Jes’ Smiled”: Oklahoma Banking and the Panic of 1907″ Chronicles of Oklahoma 86 (Spring): 4-33.

Gatch, Loren. 2009. “A Professor and a Paper Panacea: Irving Fisher and the Stamp Scrip Movement of 1932-1934” Paper Money (March/April): 125-142.

Gatch, Loren. 2009. “The Modern Local Currency Movement in the United States and Canada” Paper Money (November/December): 426-440.

Gatch, Loren. 2010. “Canada’s ‘Diefendollar’ & the Election of 1962” Paper Money 49 (September/October 2010): 332-326.

Gatch, Loren. 2010. “Oklahoma Bank Behavior and the Panic of 1907” Essays in Business and Economic History 28: 5-25.

Gatch, Loren. 2011. “From Black Market to Barter Mart in Postwar Germany” Paper Money 50 (September/October): 364-372.

Gatch, Loren. 2012. “Tax Anticipation Scrip as a Form of Local Currency in the USA During the 1930s” International Journal of Community Currency Research 16: 22-35.

Gatch, Loren. 2012. “Ending Poverty in America and the ‘Sincliar’ Dollar” Paper Money (January/February): 46-50.

Gatch, Loren. 2012. “Tax Anticipation Scrip during the Great Depression” Paper Money (July/August): 259-267.

Gatch, Loren. 2012. “Nixon’s ‘Frozen Dollar'” Paper Money 51 (September/October): 364-367.

Gatch, Loren. 2013. “The Clearinghouse Certificate as a Cash Substitute.” Appendix A in Panic Scrip of 1893, 1907 and 1914: An Illustrated Catalog of Emergency Monetary Issues, eds. Neil Shafer, Tom Sheehan and Fred Reed, 385-397. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Gatch, Loren. 2013. “‘One Fart’, and Other Examples of Detachable Canadian Political Currency” Paper Money 52 (July/August): 304-319.

Gatch, Loren. 2013. “Dr. Bosordi’s ‘Constant'” Paper Money 52 (September/October): 339-345.

Gatch, Loren. 2014. “Thoreau Money and War Tax Resistance” Paper Money 53 (January/February): 66-73.

Gatch, Loren. 2014. “Chicago’s Panic Scrip of 1907” Paper Money 53 (September/October): 338-345.

Gatch, Loren. 2014. “Fighting Corruption with the Zero Rupee Note” Paper Money 53 (July/August): 278-280.

Gatch, Loren. 2014. “George McGovern’s $1000 Promissory Note” Paper Money 53 (November/December): 432-435.

Gatch, Loren. 2015. “Dick Gregory’s One Vote Note” Paper Money 54 (May/June): 192-195.

Gatch, Loren. 2015. “E.S. Wells Was Rough on Rats” Paper Money 54 (November/December): 434-438.

Gatch, Loren. 2018. “Shortcuts to Utopia”? Townsend Test Scrip During the Great Depression” Paper Money 57 (September/October): 326-334.

Gatch, Loren. 2019. “An Introduction to the Coupon System of the United Cigar Stores Company, 1901-1929” (March/April): 129-133.

Gatch, Loren. 2019. “‘Auction Nights’ with the Aletheia Grotto, 1941” Paper Money 58 (September/October): 374-375.

Gatch, Loren. 2019. “The A.F.R.O. Dollars of 1990-91” Paper Money 58 (November/December 2019): 435-437.

Gatch, Loren. 2020. “Commonwealth Edison’s Federal Dividend Coupon System” Paper Money 59 (March/April): 116-121.

Gatch, Loren. 2021. “David A. Schulte and the Mutual-Profit Coupon System” Paper Money 60 (Jan/Feb): 46-52.