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    Pickers check tokens

    Have found a few of these over the years including one yesterday. Also called crop pickers tokens The initials are for the farm and the number denotes whatever quantity of work that was just completed. Usually for picking, peeling or packing fruits and vegetables(especially tomatoes). These were redeemable for cash, goods at the farm store, or other nearby stores, or even for lodging on the farm. They were in use from after the Civil War and well into the 1900s. Dont see these posted often and was wondering if any other parts of the country have similar farming tokens or if they are unique to the Mid Atlantic area which my research seems to indicate.
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    Here's an old TNet post for a pickers checks token found in Maryland.
    What a token that says SRV-20??
    Great saves !!
    Don........
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    Man those are some really cool tokens. Congrats on the fist full.
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    reminds me a little of the mexican hacienda tokens..same principle
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    If you'd care to delve a bit deeper into the history of these tokens, you should check the libraries in your area for a book called 'Canneries Of The Eastern Shore' by R. Lee Burton, Jr. The book gives lists of most of the canneries in your area and when they were in business.
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    Nice tokens you brought to light.
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    I love those tokens .. Back in the 1960's and early 70's I hunted a lot in Eastern Maryland and found many of those tokens. Maryland is a hot spot for them, but not the only place that used them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tokensmith View Post
    If you'd care to delve a bit deeper into the history of these tokens, you should check the libraries in your area for a book called 'Canneries Of The Eastern Shore' by R. Lee Burton, Jr. The book gives lists of most of the canneries in your area and when they were in business.
    Thanks. Looks like a great read. I hope a library does have a copy. Amazon wants $179.00 for it!!!
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    Congrats on the tokens
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    so which one did you find Yesterday ?

    Is this a Proper Todays Post Find or just a Token Find post that Needs to Be moved ?
    Not trying to be rude, This just doesn't read like a Today's Finds Post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    so which one did you find Yesterday ?

    Is this a Proper Todays Post Find or just a Token Find post that Needs to Be moved ?
    Not trying to be rude, This just doesn't read like a Today's Finds Post.

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    Found the one in the middle yesterday but you can move it wherever you like
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