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25 pounds of ice

Started by brandm24, September 24, 2022, 11:12:11 PM

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brandm24

I don't know if many people collect "Ice Tokens" or have ever heard of such a niche of exonumia (para-numismatics). This one is a first for me and is the reason it drew my attention.

Although I couldn't find any specifics on W.F Klohr I assume he was the proprietor of an ice house. A supplier of large amounts of ice to restaurants, saloons, meat packing houses, or any business that used large quantities of ice to preserve, well... something.

Klohr was operating in early 1900s St. Louis but np details of his business presented itself to me.

If anyone has any examples of ice tokens, any country, I'd like to see them. Many thanks.

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brandm24

Early American workers harvesting ice in Vermont.

BruceEarly workers harvesting ice.jpg
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africancoins

There is various good information about these starting at page 95 and then at page 178 of Token Corresponding Society Bulletin, Volume 8 from 2005.

See here (and search for "ice tokens")...

https://www.thetokensociety.org.uk/pdf2/Volume_eight.pdf

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

Figleaf

I couldn't search the page. The article By Gary Oddie starts on page 95. While it is on UK ice tokens, it has a quite good introduction into the ice trade and provides insights into how the tokens were used.

Peter
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brandm24

Very good resource. Thanks for the link.

Bruce
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africancoins

I noticed my Cuban piece..

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?topic=6368.0

..in the linked article.

It also lists a few other pieces from overseas including a number of more recent types for ice vending machines in the U.S.A.

I am not sure why Peter could do a text search.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

FosseWay

In my neck of the woods, snow and ice tokens are normally issued for getting rid of the stuff, not acquiring it ;D

I don't have any myself, but from the iron ore mines in the north of Sweden there are tokens for shifting ore, "grey rock" (i.e. non-ore-containing rubble that needs removed in order to get at the ore), and snow, presumably to keep the access to the mine open.


brandm24

Quote from: africancoins on September 25, 2022, 12:28:01 PMI noticed my Cuban piece..

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?topic=6368.0

..in the linked article.

It also lists a few other pieces from overseas including a number of more recent types for ice vending machines in the U.S.A.

I am not sure why Peter could do a text search.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
I had no problem doing a text search.

 I've read over everything very quickly but will have to revisit it when I have more time. Plenty of information to absorb.

Bruce
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