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New York’s Crystal Palace & The H.B. West Tokens

New York’s Crystal Palace & The H.B. West Tokens

Jun 17, 20218 min read
The brainchild of a German immigrant, New York’s Crystal Palace was built in the early 1850s as an exhibition hall. Inspired by London’s famous Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, entrepreneur and promoter Christian E. Detmold had a dream to erect a similar venue in the United States…
Our Nation’s First Interstate & Toll Tokens

Our Nation’s First Interstate & Toll Tokens

Jun 18, 20216 min read
Our nation’s first interstate traversed through Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Known by several names, including the “National Road,” The Cumberland Road,” and the “North-Western Turnpike,” it was the United States’ first fully paved highway…
The Tyson Telegraph Line Omnibus Tokens

The Tyson Telegraph Line Omnibus Tokens

Jun 20, 20213 min read

Founded by William Tyson, the Tyson Telegraph Line was a private transportation company in New York City during the middle part of the 19th century.  Using a fleet of 20 coaches, the company operated fixed routes throughout the city. Omnibuses were oversized coaches that were pulled by a team of horses, and possessed the capability to carry many passengers while…

The California Gold Rush & The 3-Cent Piece

The California Gold Rush & The 3-Cent Piece

Jun 12, 20216 min read
The United States three-cent piece owes its existence to a combination of factors all converging at and around the same time. In 1848 gold was discovered in California at Sutter’s Mill. “Gold fever” gripped the country…….

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Durfee & Peck’s Indian Trader Tokens

Durfee & Peck’s Indian Trader Tokens

Jun 25, 20211 min read
The year is 1867, the place is the civilian trading post named Fort Union, Dakota Territory. A matte of muted green native grasses stands knee high along river’s banks. On the terraces above the water can be seen Indian teepees and campfires, spaced along the river’s edge ……
The Johns Hopkins Colored Orphan Asylum Token

The Johns Hopkins Colored Orphan Asylum Token

May 22, 20211 min read

Typical African American Orphanage for Girls – Late 19th Century Johns Hopkins, a Quaker and a strong proponent of abolition, was a Baltimore businessman who made his fortune in business as well as in the railroads.…

Florida’s Tallahassee Rail Road & Its Obsolete Scrip

Florida’s Tallahassee Rail Road & Its Obsolete Scrip

Jun 20, 20211 min read

Drawing of Tallahassee Railroad Company Depot, 1838, Francis Count de Castelnau Conceived and financed by cotton planters who needed a way to get their crop to textile mills in northern states, in 1834 the Tallahassee Rail…

A History of Soda Water and Soda Water Tokens

A History of Soda Water and Soda Water Tokens

May 22, 20211 min read

Rudimentary Soda Water Bottling & Carbonation Process It wasn’t until the 1830s that carbonated beverages became popular by the American public. Until that time, manufacturing carbonated water was a very difficult and time consuming process. English…

The Faithful Steward Wreck & Delaware’s Coin Beach

The Faithful Steward Wreck & Delaware’s Coin Beach

May 22, 20211 min read

Author’s Rendering of the Wreck of the Faithful Steward On the stormy night of September 1st 1785 the Faithful Steward, having journeyed 53 days from Londonderry Ireland en route to Philadelphia, ran aground during an intense…

Strawberry Picker Checks of Sarcoxie, Missouri

Strawberry Picker Checks of Sarcoxie, Missouri

May 22, 20211 min read

Strawberry Pickers Toiling in the Fields During the 1920s most of the strawberry growers located in and around Sarcoxie, Missouri participated in a farming cooperative. Like today’s orange growers, the purpose of the cooperative was to…

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The Kittanning Bridge Company & Its Tokens

Jun 20, 20214 min read
The Kittanning Bridge Company was formed in 1838 by an act of the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Its purpose was to construct a bridge across the Allegheny River and connect the towns of Kittanning with West Kittanning PA……

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