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Charleston’s W.W. Wilbur Auctioneer Tokens

Charleston’s W.W. Wilbur Auctioneer Tokens

Jun 18, 20218 min read
William Ward Wilbur was a 19th century merchant who owned and operated a commission-house on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. There he sold real estate, properties, stocks, bonds, and other negotiable instruments. But most abhorrent – Wilbur was a slave auctioneer…
The Castle Garden Tokens of NYC

The Castle Garden Tokens of NYC

Jun 20, 20214 min read
Initially built as a fort in anticipation of the coming British invasion and the War of 1812, New York’s Castle Garden opened in 1824 as a premier entertainment venue in the city. Within its walls was a concert hall, beer garden, restaurant, exhibition hall, and opera house…
Henry Miller’s Winter Garden Tokens

Henry Miller’s Winter Garden Tokens

Jun 26, 20214 min read
In 1845 Henry Miller emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Philadelphia. Noticing few German-American restaurants in his new city, he opened his own bar and restaurant in 1849. With few night-time entertainment venues in the city, his new establishment quickly became an immediate sensation…
The Charles Lennon Soda Tokens of Alexandria, Va

The Charles Lennon Soda Tokens of Alexandria, Va

Jun 26, 20215 min read
At the turn of the 20th Century, slews of druggists foisted all kinds of toxic concoctions on the American public. Carbonated brews for depression, melancholy, and impotence – even those for hangovers – were some of the “cure-alls” available at the typical corner soda counters…

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The Curious R.E. Russell Token Decrypted

The Curious R.E. Russell Token Decrypted

May 22, 202110 min read
Speculation has long existed that the R.E. Russell storecard was struck for a New York City business. Featuring Lewis Feuchtwanger’s iconic eagle design, the merchant’s actual whereabouts has long been a numismatic mystery……
The “Model Artist’s” Theatre and Its Token

The “Model Artist’s” Theatre and Its Token

Apr 24, 20131 min read
In the 1850s entertainment ventures started opening in New York City that made tableaux vivants their primary bill. Tableaux vivants — the forerunner of burlesque — featured actors, mostly women, posing nude or semi-nude under the guise of replicating master artworks ……
The Roxbury Coaches & Its Omnibus Tokens

The Roxbury Coaches & Its Omnibus Tokens

Jun 20, 20211 min read
In 1826 entrepreneur Brooks Bowman started the first hourly passenger service between Roxbury and Boston Massachusetts. Running coaches six days a week, he named his fleet ‘The Roxbury Coaches,’ and created a transportation empire that lasted over three decades ……
Charles Beck’s Public Baths of Richmond Va

Charles Beck’s Public Baths of Richmond Va

May 22, 20211 min read

Richmond Virginia in the 1830s† The enigmatic Beck’s Public Baths token…

Showman John Lake Young’s Atlantic City Pier

Showman John Lake Young’s Atlantic City Pier

Dec 17, 20111 min read

Entrance to Young’s Pier, Atlantic City New Jersey Being born in…

Jacob Rech’s Carriages & Wagons Centennial Token

Jacob Rech’s Carriages & Wagons Centennial Token

Jun 20, 20211 min read

Horse and Carriage Street Scene, Outside Independence Hall, Philadelphia 1876 Born…

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The Enigmatic John Burns Token of Staunton Va

May 22, 20211 min read

19th Century Wood Engraving of Staunton, VA Very…

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