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Michigan’s Copper Rush & Portage Lake Bridge Token

Michigan’s Copper Rush & Portage Lake Bridge Token

Jun 20, 20211 min read
It was the 1843 Copper Rush on Michigan’s Keenesaw Peninsula that the towns of Hancock and Houghton owe their existence. Long known about by Native Americans for millennia, the area possessed rich deposits of copper and silver ores……
The Apothecary & Soda Tokens of A.B. Taylor

The Apothecary & Soda Tokens of A.B. Taylor

Jun 25, 20214 min read
Born January 6th 1824 in the city of Philadelphia, Alfred Bower Taylor began his pharmaceutical career at a very early age. During the early 1860s Taylor was a prolific promoter, issuing a large variety of storecards……
Coney Island’s Elephantine Colossus Tokens

Coney Island’s Elephantine Colossus Tokens

May 22, 20214 min read
The Elephantine Colossus was built on Coney Island in 1885. Prior to the the Statue of Liberty, it was the first man-made landmark seen by immigrants as they steamed into New York harbor……
The Umbrella & Parasol Tokens of William Drown

The Umbrella & Parasol Tokens of William Drown

May 30, 20211 min read
During the 19th century Philadelphia was the umbrella and parasol capital of the United States. Unlike the inexpensive contraptions we take for granted today, during the 19th century the manufacture of these devices required skilled labor capable of crafting intricate components ……

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The Bailey & Company Jewelry Store Tokens

The Bailey & Company Jewelry Store Tokens

Mar 22, 20131 min read

The Bailey & Co began its existence as the Bailey & Kitchen Jewelry Company in 1830. Founded by Joseph Trowbridge Bailey and Andrew B. Kitchen, the firm was located at 136 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Joseph Bailey was an accomplished…

The Elgin National Watch Father Time Tokens

The Elgin National Watch Father Time Tokens

May 22, 20211 min read

Incorporated in August 1864, the National Watch Company was founded in Chicago Illinois as a joint partnership consisting of Chicago’s Mayor and six other men. A month later, the partners began recruiting master clockmakers from throughout the country to join…

A Sampling of Blue Lick Water Tokens

A Sampling of Blue Lick Water Tokens

May 22, 20211 min read

Spa & Resort at Source of Blue Lick Water – Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky In 1770s Kentucky, Blue Lick Springs began its commercial life being used as a source of salt from its trickling streams of…

George Kunkel’s Opera Troupe Tokens of Baltimore

George Kunkel’s Opera Troupe Tokens of Baltimore

May 22, 20211 min read

George Kunkel George Kunkel was one of the first promoters of the 19th century genre of Minstrelsy in the United States. Born in Greencastle PA in 1821, Kunkel first arrived in Baltimore in 1855. There he…

Baltimore’s Schuetzen Park & Its Tokens

Baltimore’s Schuetzen Park & Its Tokens

May 22, 20211 min read

Entrance to Baltimore’s Schuetzen Park circa 1860s German-Americans living in 19th century Baltimore, many of whom had just recently emigrated to the United States, pooled their resources, raised funds, and established a Schuetzen Verein just outside…

Wood’s Minstrel Theatre Tokens of New York

Wood’s Minstrel Theatre Tokens of New York

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Early Playbill Touting Wood’s Minstrels Troupe Formed by Edwin P. Christy in about 1842, Wood’s Minstrels were a troupe of performers who traveled and provided musical and comedic entertainment. Sometime thereafter, the troupe settled down, and…

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George Kunkel’s Opera Troupe Tokens of Baltimore

May 22, 20211 min read

George Kunkel George Kunkel was one of the…

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