Mar 26, 2012, 03:37 PM
Tokens and Medals
I want to post a couple of recent finds from in and around Boise, ID. I am hoping someone, "John" could help me idetify them. The aluminum token is kinda toasty but it looks like Wallis Bros? The days of 49 is the same on the obverse. The Navada medal is a thick one, about twice a quarter and quite heavy. The amusement token is kinda cool I haven't seen one with a hole in it, are they common?
Thanks for looking!
Mar 26, 2012, 06:50 PM
Scortch--Nice finds! I had to laugh because the Wallis Bros. token is about the same as mine - they both had a rough life in the underground. I have yet to determine exactly when the Wallis Brothers, Charles & Theodore, had their cigar store, but I suspect around 1907. There's a dandy photo of the inside of it in the Idaho Statesman's book, Treasure Valley Memories.
The Curtis Cigar Store was in Boise at 215 North 8th Street ca. 1911-15. The proprietor, William Dean Curtis, was also a printer at the Idaho Daily Statesman which at that time was located at 6th & Main. His printing job was probably at night because the paper was a morning one, so he may have managed the cigar store in the evenings and hired a manager when he couldn't be there.
The H. R. & G. C. one is listed in Hemphill's Oregon token book as from Huntington where the initials are shown to mean Huntington Rifle & Gun Club.
Amusement tokens often came with center holes. Some types of machines had devices in the coin slot to accept only holed tokens and reject coins.
John in the 208
Mar 26, 2012, 07:33 PM
If you want more info on your Wallis token, you may wish to chat with Annie Laurie Bird, Nampa's historian.
You might be able to reach her via a request to the Canyon County Historical Society ( email@example.com).
Mar 26, 2012, 08:33 PM
Unfortunately, Don, Annie Laurie Bird died in 1972.
John in the 208
Mar 27, 2012, 09:44 AM
Thanks John and Don, as always, great info and identification! Those aluminum tokens take such a beating.
Mar 27, 2012, 06:21 PM
Actually, that aluminum should clean up nicely with a little rubbing with a brass brush.
There's a lot of detail showing through.
Tokens are always a great find for me, sadly, they seem to be the Red-headed-stepchild of the detecting business!
Apr 09, 2012, 06:38 PM
This is the sad fate for pull-tabs 100 years from now so save all your nice shiny ones.
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