Token Talk: Royal Canadian Legion medallion

Royal Canadian Legion

Token Talk with Duff Malkin The weekend of the 23rd and 24th April was a weekend of the Kerrisdale Days.  When I arrived I saw several booths outside of some of the banks and stores. Always looking for things numismatic, and even bank coupons will do, but not expecting anything, for Kerrisdale is not a great place to pick up tokens, I nevertheless looked for things and came across the Royal Canadian Legion booth. One also always looks at anything RCL because there are a few people interested in the military aspect of things. Thereon was a small plastic bag with what appeared…

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Token Talk: Brown & Davis, Junction City, Montana

Token Talk Brown and Davis

This was a token that was saved by my great grandfather who first arrived in Montana in 1881. It would seem to have been saved by him and kept with him for some reason (he did almost once drown in the Missouri River) as a memento.  It would be quite likely that he did go through the place.    Junction City was a rather wild Western town on the Yellowstone River which was first set up when a trading store was built in 1877. This store did well with miners and soldiers in the area and another store was thus…

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Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver – 1964 token

PNE Vancouver - Token

I rather believe that the purpose of this PNE token, which was issued for the 1964 fair (in Vancouver B.C.), was to let exhibitors and club display members in, so that they did not have to pay admission. When the coin clubs had displays at the PNE in the clubs section of the fair (in the BC Pavilion) we were given admission tickets so that club members could get in. These we used. They bore printing indicating the nature of their use. As for free passes, well it used to be (and may still well be) that every elementary school…

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Hudson’s Bay Company Scrips from the B.C. District

HBC BC District Scrip

Sydney Hodgkinson we glimpse as a Hudson’s Bay Company man. In 1909 he’s working as an accountant at the H.B.C. Telegraph Creek trading post in the northern part of British Columbia. Sydney is an imaginative and lyrical chap – he writes to a friend in familiar verse, thanking him for a book: Sydney Hodgkinson worked with the mighty H.B.C. from 1908 to 1935. The trading posts were often in tiny, remote settlements. In the 1910 Henderson’s B.C. Gazetteer, where Hodgkinson is listed as an accountant, Telegraph Creek is noted as  “a trading post, mining camp and post office in the Comox-Atlin district”…

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Token Talk: Albert Roper, Sherman House, Fargo, North Dakota

Albert Roper Token

  “The Sherman is rapidly acquiring the larger share of that energetic and particular class who are “known and read of men” as experts in the hotel line. The water supply is ample, extending to every apartment, and its system of sewerage the best of any hotel in the city. Appointments in the way of bathrooms with Turkish and all other lavatory processes as provided are most admirable. With respect to day boarders the custom of the house is exclusively transient. Under the management of Mr. Albert Roper, who has lately succeeded to the ownership of the property, the “Sherman”…

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New Westminster Political Club

New Westminster Veterans Political Club

New Westminster directory listings mention the Veterans’ Political Club in 1948, 1949 and 1950. They do not mention them in 1947 or in 1951. In 1948 it is listed as Veterans Political Club Unit 4, B. Stoney (sec.) 1121 ½ Brunette. A Bud Stoney had a residence at 1914 8th Avenue in New Westminster. In 1947 the same residence belonged to a salesman named Herbert A Stoney who was married to his wife named Betty. It would seem that this might be the Bud Stoney in question. But then again maybe not for I came across a mention of a…

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1969 Nanaimo Bathtub Race Token

Nanaimo Bathtub Race

           The Nanaimo Bathtub Race began in 1967 and the race entailed crossing the Strait of Georgia from Nanaimo to Vancouver.  The distance travelled was 36 miles and all conceivable types of watercraft entered the competition.   The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society began issuing tokens commemorating the annual race in 1969 and has continued to do so each year. In 1969, The Diners’ Rendezvous restaurant in downtown Nanaimo, owned by Wong Bros Enterprises Ltd., decided to issue its own token to commemorate this event and at the same time, promote their own business which was celebrating its…

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Scarce Golden BC Dairy Token

I had some luck at a VNS show in the 1990’s. This token showed up and I had not heard of it so I bought it. Golden, B.C., is not really a noted token issuing place. It was a dairy token so I rather assumed that it would be from the 1930’s or 1940’s before the plastic dairy tokens came in. But no, this one turned out to be earlier (around 1910’s which was unusual. Since this token was found at about the same time things were going on line. I was able to find out that a Basil Ashton…

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Christian Tokens in Vancouver

The “Jesus Saves / (cross) / Eternal Life” and “Lord is Coming / (cross in circle) / Millenium” aluminum pieces were distributed in the early 1970’s and perhaps earlier in the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as well as Seattle, Washington state (and very likely many different places in North America) by people wishing to spread their message. It worked like this. They would drop the items on the street (which was usually, it seems, Granville Street here), someone else would pick it up thinking it was a dime, read the message and either a) keep the item or…

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Token from the PNE, Vancouver

At this small booth there was a roulette wheel and one could win the prizes seen.  However, one had to buy tokens to put one’s bet down and these were being sold at three for five dollars and five for ten. They are plastic and orange in colour and had (or have) a paper label stuck to them. I say “had” as there were many with this label worn off or mostly worn off. There were others, however, that were not so bad, but it took a number of purchases to find them. I used all the worn items.  All…

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Eastern Townships Bank, Keremeos, B.C., cheque

Keremeos 827

Not knowing some banking history I thought it very unusual to see a “Eastern Township Bank” cheque from Keremeos, BC. I thought Eastern Townships usually relates to a group of towns back east and that it would be unusual for such a group to have branches out in British Columbia. I did know, however, that the Bank of Hamilton (Ontario) had at least one branch out here, so… For those mainland Vancouver types who do not go much into the interior, Keremeos is a village (which is sort of again another reason for wondering why an Eastern Townships bank office?)…

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Medicine Man Charlie’s Wooden Nickel

Token Talk with Duff Malkin Medicine Man Charlie’s Wooden Nickel What can give me a good buzz is the discovery of something I did not know about and which is somewhat unusual and I did not expect to see. This following wooden nickel is one such item. It is quite thick for a wooden nickel (7mm or about ¼ of an inch, which may have been more relevant in Canada’s pre-metric days). Ranier Provisions is in Gastown at 2 West Cordova. It is a licensed restaurant. I am not sure whether it is the “Rainier of Gastown” referred to on…

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Token Talk: On the Wings of Teddy Bears..

On the Wings of Teddy Bears.. Ballie Bear Tokens Token Talks by Duff Malkin We are not exactly sure how Ballie Bear fits into the arcade nature of this bear token. It is clear that on the token the bear is carrying a tray of food and is wearing a bib with “B&B” on it, yet none of the institutions (i.e. arcades or video rooms) it has been found in have any connection to serving food. There is no trademark registration in Canada for “Ballie Bear” In the beginning, after these kept getting found in the token box of Chantou…

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Token Talk: UBC Transit Passes + Some tips for Transit collectors

Token Talk with our token explorer Duff Malkin UBC Transit Passes + Some tips for Transit collectors Q When did UBC Bus passes start  ? Duff > I may be wrong but I think the first UBC period (i.e. valid for a long period of time) bus passes originated in 1978. These were laminated passes which were good for a term at UBC. I believe they cost 78 dollars but this was a bargain for four months. On the very first day one was required to present it and ones Alma Mater Society card as proof in order to get…

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Token Talk: The Vancouver Antique Flea Market

The Vancouver Antique Flea Market at 24 Water Street on the ground level of the Grand Hotel also issued an “admits two” tokens along with this wood in 1969 and an “admits two” token in 1970. I do recollect going down there once and seeing a vertical pile of these woods and they were very dirty. Knowing that tokens and woods were numismatic I started to try and get one but was discouraged by other members of my family who were there too (and saw nothing that they wanted). I am not sure how the tokens were distributed but it…

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UBC SUB Pizza Parlour

There was a time when the UBC Stamp and Coin Club could have met at night at SUB and had Pizza and Beer!!! Quite cheaply but then as you may see wages were not that great either then. A fairly replete history of the SUB Pizza Parlor from the Ubyssey (and its token) September 14th, 1976 Ubyssey “Parlor opens tonight Pizza and beer will replace hamburgers and milk every night in the SUB cafeteria snack bar beginning today at 7p.m. The new SUB pizza parlor will offer beer, wine, cider and pop over the counter from 7p.m. to 12:30a.m. Friday and…

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