JumpStart by Robb Armstrong


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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Why not?

  2. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    It must be a silver 3 cent piece.

  3. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    Smaller than the copper/nickel 3 cent piece. Yes, they made two kinds, even in several years. 1865-1873. Shows that Government stupidity is nothing new.

  4. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 3 years ago

    As I mentioned the other day, I am a direct descendant of Cross. He designed the reverse of the 1849 $1 gold coin. As I am speaking for a family member, I certainly feel that my great-great-great grandfather would approve.
    Cross’ father, William Cross of New York City, is the earliest ancestor that I can find on my mom’s side. A ship captain, he was lost at sea not long after writing a letter to his wife (Peter’s mother) Hannah (neé Woods) in September 1815, regarding her pregnancy. The letter, which was passed to an inbound ship, still exists and is in family hands. Cross was born at 15 Water St., New York City on October 6, 1815.
    On a sadder story, Cross was buried in 1862 at the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in Philadelphia. When that cemetery was dug up in 1951 to build the Raymond Rosen housing project (demolished in 1995), his remains, along with those of 11 other relatives, were disinterred and moved in two coffins to Lawnview Cemetery in Rockledge, PA, which is about a half-mile outside Philadelphia city limits. His grave is marked with a very-hard-to-find flat bronze marker (which is sinking into the ground) that reads
    The way the family tree works is:
    William Cross (missing at sea 1815)/Hannah Woods
    Peter F. Cross (1815-1862)/Harriet Chapin
    Maria Cross (later Powell, 1845-1917)/George Willard
    William Filatreu Willard (1873-1960)/Lydia Marshman Reeves (1874-1938)
    Eugenia “Jean” Middaugh Willard (1905-1999)/William B. (Mom’s maiden name, 1908-1956)
    Patricia Lois (Mom’s maiden name, b. 1929)/William (my last name, 1932-1985)
    Me (born 1964)!
    An easier way to think of my relation to Cross is exactly like JoJo being related to Gramma’s great-grandfather.

  5. robb armstrong

    robb armstrong GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Thank you AshburnStadium for inspiring my work! Give me your address so I can give you this original comic strip. My email is robb@robbarmstrong.com

  6. Ralph Shibler

    Ralph Shibler said, over 3 years ago

    @robb armstrong…Thanks for a great strip and appreciating your fans..

  7. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 3 years ago

    Mmmmm. Ice cream.
    One of my roommates SPENT my coin collection.

  8. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 3 years ago

    @robb armstrong

    I already e-mailed you this morning, Robb. Thanks! I’ll e-mail you back with my address.

  9. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 3 years ago

    I just looked up the Type 1 (13 mm diameter) Liberty-head gold dollar (1849-1853). Depending on the mint mark and condition, it could be worth anywhere from $138 to $840,000 (1849-C with the open wreath in MS-63 condition).
    There were four mints back then. No mint mark meant Philadelphia. A “C” mint mark meant Charlotte, NC, a “D” mint mark meant Dahlonega, GA and “O” meant New Orleans.
    The Denver mint didn’t exist until 1906. The San Francisco mint didn’t start coining the $1 gold coin until the Type 2 (15 mm in diameter) came out in 1854.

  10. Meg

    Meg said, over 3 years ago

    @robb armstrong

    That was a really cool gesture!

  11. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 3 years ago

    Huzzah AshburnStadium and Robb Armstrong!

    ossiningaling, one of my granddaughters, age nine, schlepped my late mom’s collection of silver dollars from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s across the street to a convenience store and bought a bunch of candy. Suspicious, the clerk called her mom (it’s a small town), who bought the coins back and gave her daughter a little lecture, etc.

  12. harebell

    harebell said, over 3 years ago

    When I was in the lower grades in school in the early ’50’s, we lived just outside the NYS Adirondack Park in a tiny hamlet (no, tiny hamlet is not redundant in this case!). There was an older lady down the street from us who had a collection of Indian head pennies she kept on a small plate. Spread out, they covered the plate. I sometimes wonder what became of them.

  13. Jessica_D

    Jessica_D said, over 3 years ago


    My guess is that JoJo is suffering a bit of superstition, why is Grandpop giving him the collection now? What does that mean? Is Grandpop okay? JoJo would rather keep his Grandpop and have his Grandpop keep the collection.

  14. AStarofDestiny

    AStarofDestiny said, over 3 years ago

    @robb armstrong

    Not only are you a great comic artist, but quite a gentleman as well!

  15. AStarofDestiny

    AStarofDestiny said, over 3 years ago


    You have a fascinating ancestory! Thanks for sharing!

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