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Houston, Texas Owney tag

Description:

This is one of two tokens Owney received from Alphonse Stude’s Houston, Texas, bakery. Stude, a prominent Houston businessman and city booster, recognized the advertising potential of the traveling dog. Owney’s visits were often written up in local newspapers, with reporters often listing the tokens the dog was wearing at the time. This token, which could be used in trade for a small loaf of bread, is known as a trade check. Such tokens were used much like coupons are today, offered by merchants as a lure to increase customers’ purchases.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
A. STUDE/ HOUSTON/ TEX (on front) GOOD FOR/ 1 SMALL/ LOAF OF BREAD (on back)
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Diameter: 7/8 in. (2.22 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.469
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Place:
Texas
  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
Additional Records
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  • Louis Cablish Owney tag
  • Louisville, Kentucky Owney tag
  • Manitou, Colorado Owney tag
  • McWhorter's Owney tag
  • Nashville, Tennessee Owney tag
  • Newberry's Bus Line Owney tag
  • P.J. Butler Owney tag
  • Saloon Token Owney tag
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