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Anthony Schumacher
(1894-1965)

Anthony Schumacher, uncle of mineral dealer Lawrence H. Conklin (q.v.) and a collector of fine minerals, was born April 25, 1894 in Brooklyn, New York. Passenger records show that he made a trip to Havana in 1915, at the age of 21 (reason unknown). He married Marie Louise Conklin (1899-1984) on May 30, 1929, and they settled in a house at 87-73 116th Street, Richmond Hill, Queens. His family owned a thriving drug company in Brooklyn that ultimately merged with the McKesson & Robbins Corporation (today America's largest pharmaceutical wholesaler), and he always had an executive position there.

Schumacher (with his brother Ernest) personally collected much fine material at the quarries in West Paterson, New Jersey. He was a regular customer of Hugh A. Ford (q.v.), Ward's Natural Science Establishment (q.v.), and John A. Grenzig (q.v.) in the early 1940's. He often spoke enviously of the countless gifts of mineral specimens sent to Rocks & Minerals editor Peter Zodac (Zodac called them donations), many of them by dealers and collectors who enjoyed getting a compensatory mention in the magazine. Schumacher had been totaling all these up in his mind for more than 30 years and often mentioned how impressed he was.

Anthony Schumacher's collection was very choice, even by today's standards. Following his death on September 1, 1965, his widow presented his collection to his nephew, mineral dealer Lawrence H. Conklin, who sold off many pieces but still retains Schumacher's manuscript catalog.
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The Mineralogical Record - Anthony Schumacher 35 x 65 mm,
A specimen from John A. Grenzig (q.v.)
The Mineralogical Record - Anthony Schumacher 34 x 65 mm,
A specimen from Stanley I. Perham (q.v.) dated 1936
The Mineralogical Record - Anthony Schumacher 35 x 65 mm,
A specimen from E. Schumacher, dated Novermber 14, 1938
The Mineralogical Record - Anthony Schumacher 34 x 65 mm,
A specimen purchased from John A. Grenzig (q.v.), dated April 24, 1943
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