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Pontiac, Illinois Owney tag

Description:

Owney received this trade check tag from Silas A. Rathbun, a Pontiac, Illinois businessman and active member of the state’s Democratic Party. Trade checks such as these were used much like coupons are today, offered by merchants as a lure to increase customers’ purchases. This token offered the owner 25-cents off of a purchase of furniture in Rathbun’s Dry Goods store (which he later developed into a Department Store). Rathbun also served as the city’s mayor for a number of years (1889-1901, 1903-1905, and 1911-1913). There is no additional information on when this tag was given to Owney, but Rathbun’s first term as mayor overlapped the years of Owney’s travels. Thus, in the town of Pontiac, Illinois, Owney was greeted by the town mayor.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
literal: S.A. RATHBUN / DRY GOOD / PONTIAC ILL. / GOOD FOR / 25 c / IN / FURNITURE
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 3/4 x 1 in. (1.91 x 2.54 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.140
Place:
Illinois

Glossary

  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
Additional Records
  • Nashville, Tennessee Owney tag
  • New York, New York  Owney tag
  • Paris, Kentucky Owney tag
  • Pontiac, Illinois Owney tag
  • Pontiac, Illinois Owney tag
  • Pontiac, Illinois Owney tag
  • Portland, Oregon Owney tag
  • Renova, Pennsylvania Owney tag
  • Rock Island, Illinois Owney tag
  • San Francisco, California Owney tag
  • Santa Cruz, California luggage Owney tag
  • Seattle, Washington Owney tag
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