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    "The Old Shoe" Token

    Found this last summer. Anyone seen one of these before?
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    Nice! It is listed on TokenCatalog.com as "image wanted", so I'd invite you to post your pics there. It has been attributed to Rock Island, IL, but no date or other information has been posted.
    John in the Great 208

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    Found a tidbit from a Rock Island, Il newspaper from 7 Sep 1993
    The guy that wrote the article was talking about taverns circa 1950.

    --------------

    When I came to Rock Island, I played the field, so to speak, for a week. Then
    came payday. Since we didn't get paid until the end of the workday -- no
    fools, our employers -- it was too late for banks, which in those days closed
    at 2 p.m.

    I asked a colleague where I could cash my check.

    "Come with me,'' he said. "I'll introduce you to my banker. His name is Irv
    Hillman.''

    We went out the door, walked west to the corner, turned north, walked a block
    and were confronted by a sign that said, "The Old Shoe.'' A caricature of an
    old, high-topped boot completed the outside decor. As we walked through the
    door onto its cooling, tile floors, surveyed the row of wooden booths and an
    immaculate bar, I felt like Bogie and the bar was Claude Rains: It was the
    beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    The Old Shoe, besides Irv Hillman, had a scoreboard across the back wall and a
    ticker tape bringing in the sports score from all over the country. It also
    had a scoreboard operator who could spit a B-B with unerring accuracy from the
    back of the room to the front. And it was possible to get a bet down there.

    Fast in memory is the day a policeman came in to cash a check. He cooled his
    heels for a few seconds while Irv took notes over the phone.

    "Hey, Irv, he complained, "hurry up. I got the squad car double parked.

    "Wait your turn,'' Irv said. "I'm booking a bet.''
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    tokenguy

    Oct 2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruffler View Post
    Found a tidbit from a Rock Island, Il newspaper from 7 Sep 1993
    The guy that wrote the article was talking about taverns circa 1950.

    --------------

    When I came to Rock Island, I played the field, so to speak, for a week. Then
    came payday. Since we didn't get paid until the end of the workday -- no
    fools, our employers -- it was too late for banks, which in those days closed
    at 2 p.m.

    I asked a colleague where I could cash my check.

    "Come with me,'' he said. "I'll introduce you to my banker. His name is Irv
    Hillman.''

    We went out the door, walked west to the corner, turned north, walked a block
    and were confronted by a sign that said, "The Old Shoe.'' A caricature of an
    old, high-topped boot completed the outside decor. As we walked through the
    door onto its cooling, tile floors, surveyed the row of wooden booths and an
    immaculate bar, I felt like Bogie and the bar was Claude Rains: It was the
    beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    The Old Shoe, besides Irv Hillman, had a scoreboard across the back wall and a
    ticker tape bringing in the sports score from all over the country. It also
    had a scoreboard operator who could spit a B-B with unerring accuracy from the
    back of the room to the front. And it was possible to get a bet down there.

    Fast in memory is the day a policeman came in to cash a check. He cooled his
    heels for a few seconds while Irv took notes over the phone.

    "Hey, Irv, he complained, "hurry up. I got the squad car double parked.

    "Wait your turn,'' Irv said. "I'm booking a bet.''
    great info cruffler! that is what makes token research fun is finding stuff like that. neat token too with neat name.
    In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.

 

 

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