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The Toxaway Cotton Mill Tokens of Anderson, SC

The Toxaway Cotton Mill Tokens of Anderson, SC

Jun 26, 20213 min read
Critical to the success in the early 20th century southern textile industry were the mill villages. Like coal and mining towns that supported their industries, mill villages supported textile and cotton mills, and were fully functional towns unto themselves……
Scotland’s Deanston Cotton Mill Tokens

Scotland’s Deanston Cotton Mill Tokens

May 22, 20211 min read
Finished in 1785, the Deanston Cotton Mill in Pirthshire, Scotland was built alongside the River Teith to harness the river’s power. Before modern automation, child labor laws and safety regulations, in its early years very young children worked at the factory ……
The Hernsheim Brothers’ Cigar Tokens

The Hernsheim Brothers’ Cigar Tokens

Mar 3, 20131 min read

In the year 1857 Simon Hernsheim, a native of New Orleans, established a tobacco company in the city.  Born in 1839, Hernsheim was but only 18 years old when he founded the business. The tobacco trade, a booming American industry, received much demand from overseas markets….

The Store at Alleghany Furnace & Its Scrip

The Store at Alleghany Furnace & Its Scrip

May 22, 20211 min read

The Company Store Survives Into Modern Times The Alleghany Furnace was established by Andrew Henderson and Robert Allison in 1811. For 8 years the partnership was in operation, until ceased in 1818. Facing stiff competition from more profitable and less costly furnace operations elsewhere, its owners could no longer afford…

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Index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War Tokens

Index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War Tokens

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, April 30th, 1860 Below is a comprehensive index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War dies. In addition to being used as Patriotics, the dies were utilized as “stock” reverses for many of…

Index of Mossin & Marr’s Civil War Storecards

Index of Mossin & Marr’s Civil War Storecards

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Val-Blatz Engraving by Marr. Val-Blatz was one of Mossin & Marr’s Storecard customersSource: Milwaukee’s Great Industries, 1892 Below is a comprehensive index of Mossin & Marr’s Store Card emissions and dies. In addition to being used…

Pittsburgh’s Reymer & Brothers Civil War Token

Pittsburgh’s Reymer & Brothers Civil War Token

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Early Reymer Bros’ Chocolate Candies In 1846 Philip Reymer, a headstrong twenty-two year old with an entrepreneurial streak, partnered with Pittsburgher R.J. Anderson and opened a confectionery store in downtown part of the city.  Born on…

James Kennedy – Ionia Michigan Banker & Token

James Kennedy – Ionia Michigan Banker & Token

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Ionia Michigan circa 1860s James Kennedy was born at Armagh, Ireland, September 9, 1832. and emigrated to Canada when he was 17 years old. He first settled in Brampton, Canada, but soon thereafter moved to the…

The Storied Marshall House & Its Token – Alexandria Va

The Storied Marshall House & Its Token – Alexandria Va

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Marshall House Hotel circa 1860s Referred to as the first Confederate Cent by historians and numismatists alike, cent-sized tokens issued by a hotel in Alexandria Virginia began appearing in transactions throughout the Commonwealth. Originating from the…

Johann “John” Marr – Civil War Token Engraver

Johann “John” Marr – Civil War Token Engraver

May 22, 20211 min read

Johann “John” Marr Born in Germany on September 9th 1832, Johan “John’ Marr entered the engraving business at a very young age.  Young, destitute, and barely a teenager, Marr found himself forced to live with a…

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The Toxaway Cotton Mill Tokens of Anderson, SC

The Toxaway Cotton Mill Tokens of Anderson, SC

Aaron PackardSep 19, 20143 min read
Critical to the success in the early 20th century southern textile industry were the mill villages. Like coal and mining towns that supported their industries, mill villages supported textile and cotton mills, and were fully functional towns unto themselves……
Scotland’s Deanston Cotton Mill Tokens

Scotland’s Deanston Cotton Mill Tokens

Aaron PackardApr 21, 20131 min read
Finished in 1785, the Deanston Cotton Mill in Pirthshire, Scotland was built alongside the River Teith to harness the river’s power. Before modern automation, child labor laws and safety regulations, in its early years very young children worked at the factory ……
The Hernsheim Brothers’ Cigar Tokens

The Hernsheim Brothers’ Cigar Tokens

Aaron PackardMar 3, 20131 min read

In the year 1857 Simon Hernsheim, a native of New Orleans, established a tobacco company in the city.  Born in 1839, Hernsheim was but only 18 years old when he founded the business. The tobacco trade, a booming American industry, received much demand from overseas markets….

The Store at Alleghany Furnace & Its Scrip

The Store at Alleghany Furnace & Its Scrip

Aaron PackardFeb 25, 20131 min read

[caption id="attachment_3033" align="alignleft" width="264"] The Company Store Survives Into Modern Times The Alleghany Furnace was established by Andrew Henderson and Robert Allison in 1811. For 8 years the partnership was in operation, until ceased in 1818. Facing stiff competition from more profitable and less costly furnace operations elsewhere, its owners could no longer afford…