Archive | Industry RSS feed for this section

The Meade Bros Daguerreotype Tokens

TheBrothersMead-HeadlinePic

Of the earliest pioneers in the invention of practical photograpic arts, the Meade Brothers hold a prominent role with its introduction in the United States.  In the early days of photography, the process was known as daguerreotyping.  Invented and perfected by Louis Daguerre in 1836 Paris, the process made its way over the Atlantic and […]

Read More 4 Comments

The Apothecary & Soda Tokens of A.B. Taylor

ABTaylor-Masthead2

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 advertiser, placing ads in local newspapers, as well as issuing a large variety of storecards. During his long and prosperous pharmacy career …

Read More 1 Comment

Hot Dog Inventor Charles Feltman & His Tokens

HotDogStands

In 1867 German Immigrant Charles Feltman invented the American Hot Dog. Before there was Nathan’s there was Feltman’s. History has a way of only remembering its victors, and in the case of Coney Island hot dogs, the annals of history certainly possesses a case of amnesia …

Read More 1 Comment

Scotland’s Deanston Cotton Mill Tokens

DeanstonAerial-HeadlinePic

Finished in 1785, the Deanston Cotton Mill in Pirthshire, Scotland was built alongside the River Teith to harness the river’s power. Before modern automation, child labor laws and safety regulations, in its early years very young children worked at the factory …

Read More 0 Comments

The Store at Alleghany Furnace & Its Scrip

StoreAtAlleghanyFurnace-HeadlinePic

The Alleghany Furnace was established by Andrew Henderson and Robert Allison in 1811. For 8 years the partnership was in operation, until ceased in 1818. Facing stiff competition from more profitable and less costly furnace operations elsewhere, its owners could no longer afford (more…)

Read More 0 Comments

The Elgin National Watch Father Time Tokens

Zompini-Time-HeadlinePic

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 the new venture.  Seven watchmakers (more…)

Read More 5 Comments

Frederick Starr’s Piano Manufactory & Tokens

FrederickStarrHeadlinePic

A man of many talents and much ambition, Frederick M. Starr was born on May 1st 1799 in the dawning days of the United States. At the age of 20, Starr moved from his birthplace of Warren Connecticut to New York City, where he started work as a clerk at his uncle’s bookstore.  After gaining […]

Read More 3 Comments

New York’s Crystal Palace & The H.B. West Tokens

CrystalPalaceHeadlinePic

The brainchild of a German immigrant, New York’s Crystal Palace was built in the early 1850s as an exhibition hall. Inspired by London’s famous Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, entrepreneur and promoter Christian E. Detmold had a dream to erect a similar venue in the United States, where (more…)

Read More 0 Comments

The Forgotten Tokens of Howell Works Garden

HowellWorksHeadlinePic

In early 1830s New Jersey, there was a picturesque and grandiose town established, situated in Monmouth County.  Located thirteen miles south of Freehold, and six miles west of Sea Girt, the settlement was known as the town of Allaire. (more…)

Read More 5 Comments

Two Generations of Packard Entrepreneurs

PackardIndustrialistsHeadlinePic

Mid 19th Century America was a golden time of entrepreneurship, invention, innovation, and gutsy determination. Men like Winchester, Edison, Westinghouse, and Eastman all started out with nearly nothing.  But through hard work and perseverence,  their legacies left indelible marks in their respective industries. Such is also the case with Warren Packard and John R. Packard, and a generation of Packards […]

Read More 1 Comment

The W.W. Wilbur Auctioneer Tokens, Charleston SC

WWWilburHeadlinePic2

William W. Wilbur is infamous for having been an auctioneer who owned and operated a mercantile during the pre-Civil War […]

The Fenian Brotherhood Token of 1866

FenianBrotherhood-Headline-Pic

Shortly before the American Civil War, an Irish nationalist militia was formed in the United States. Founded by Irish immigrants […]

The Tyson’s Telegraph Line & Its Tokens

TysonTelegraphHeadlinePic

The Tyson & Company omnibus service operated in New York City in the mid-18th century. The company operated several routes, […]

New York’s Castle Garden Concert Hall & Token

CastleGarden-FeaturedImage

Situated at the southernmost tip of Manhattan, Fort Clinton was erected as defensive countermeasure to British forces as the threat […]

Henry Miller & His Winter Garden Tokens

MillersWinterGarden-FeatureImage-Raw

Born in Lobenstein Germany on April 2, 1820, Henry Miller emigrated to the United States on July 1st 1845.  Upon […]