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The Tacoma Owney tag

Description:

Owney obtained this hotel key check token while visiting The Tacoma Hotel in Tacoma, Washington. The hotel, built by architect Stanford White in 1884, drew a number of remarkable guests, including writer Mark Twain. In the early 1890s the hotel had its own mascot, an 800-pound bear named Jack. There are no records that reveal if the two mascots ever met, and perhaps the hotel staff wisely kept them well separated during Owney’s visit.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
THE TACOMA / 126
Medium:
metal (brass)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 1 1/2 in. (3.81 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.96.16
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Place:
Washington
  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
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