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  • Saloon Token - Jesse Hagar, Prop Favorite Saloon Lake Charles, LA
    Saloon Token
    Jesse Hagar, Prop Favorite Saloon
    Lake Charles, LA
    1880s to 1906

    Louisiana Trade Tokens Published in 1982

    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    Copyright 1982
    By
    Louis Crawford
    Glyn Farber
    Ed Tylenda

    Louisiana Trade Tokens Published in 1996

    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    Second Edition
    Copyright 1996
    By
    Louis Crawford
    Glyn Farber

    The 1982 First Edition of
    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    has been out of print for many years. However, copies do show up on eBay at times. To search for a copy of this book
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    The 1996 Second Edition was published by the Token and Medal Society, TAMS. As of November 2006 new copies are available from TAMS.
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    Lafayette was named after Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier Marquis de La Fayette (1757-1834). Before 1891 the town was spelled "La Fayette" and after that date "Lafayette".

    Lafayette is the parish seat of Lafayette Parish. Lafayette was known as Vermillionville until 1884.

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    BUCK HORN / BAR / EDGAR DEROUSELLE, MGR.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    [Same, but 25]
    Edgar Derouselle also had a bar in Arnaudville (see listing there). The Buckhorn Bar, located in the Gordon Hotel (Jefferson and West Vermilion Streets), was so named because it was decorated with more than seventy deer horns. It was in operation for about twenty years following the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

    GOOD FOR / THE / CABARET / LAFAYETTE, LA. / 504 IN TRADE
    State of Louisiana / Union Justice & / [Pelican Feeding Young] / Confidence
    This nightclub was located at 507 Pinhook Road in 1977.

    COIN AND TREASURE / TRADE / $250 VALUE / TOKEN / LAFAYETTE, LA.
    [Nativity Scene and Star] / 1983
    [Angel with Trumpet] / 1984
    [Santa Claus] / 1985
    Sold by Coin & Treasure for use as gift certificates, these and similar pieces struck in pewter were made by Mr. Charles D. Arceneaux, a local numismatist with an interest in hand-struck medals. See the special section at the end of the Lafayette listings for other items produced by Arceneaux.

    GOOD FOR ONE QUART / OF / MILK / DR. COMEAUX'S / DAIRY
    [Blank]
    Dr. James Comeaux was a Lafayette dentist who also operated this dairy on Pinhook Road in the 1930s and 1940s. The farm is believed to have been located at the Vatican community, seven miles northwest of Lafayette.

    R. B. / DANTZLER
    Good For / 5 / In Trade

    DANTZLER'S / POOL ROOM
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Dantzler operated a hotel and saloon here circa 1909. He also had a restaurant in Madisonville in 1919 and 1920, and was obviously in business in Rayne (see listing there) at some time but no directory listings have been found. It is possible that the tokens were used in one of these other locations.

    DELHOMME'S / GROCERY / 400 LILLIAN / LAFAYETTE / LA
    Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
    [Same, but 5]
    [Same, but 25]
    [Same, but 50]
    Issued in the mid-1970s.

    W. [?] DWIER / RAILROAD / CONTRACTOR / LAFAYETTE, LA.
    Good For / 25 / In Merchandise
    The only known example is damaged, obliterating the second initial. This firm has not been found in directories, but the style indicates issuance in the 1920s.

    ERNY'S / BAKERY / LAFAYETTE / LA.
    Good For / One / Loaf / Of Bread
    Opening about 1929, this bakery closed about 1947. It was located at 202 206 West Vermilion Street.

    EVANGELINE HOTEL / CIGAR / STAND / LAFAYETTE, LA.
    Good For / 5c / In Trade
    The Evangeline Hotel was located in the 300 block of Jefferson Street. The token appears to have been issued between 1930 and 1950.

    GAMES UNLIMITED / GU [IN LOGO] / LAFAYETTE LOUISIANA
    No / Cash / Value
    [Same as above]
    Alpert LA 470-GAM and GAN. A 1980s video arcade. As typical, the plated token was used to signify non-revenue plays.

    HANDI / SHOP FOODS / INC / 402 / GUILBEAU RD / LAFAYETTE / LA
    Food Stamp Credit / 14 / In Eligible Foods
    [Same, but 5]
    [Same, but 10]
    [Same, but 25]
    [Same, but 50]
    Used between 1973 and 1978.

    HOPKINS / A. B. MUNSON [fax] / MANAGER / AMUSEMENT CO.
    Hopkins / 5 / Amusement Co.
    [Same, but 25]
    Unverified attribution based on the fact that one of these was found in Lafayette, and a listing for "G. W. Hopkins, Cigars, Tobacco, etc." in 1914 and 1915. The interpretation of the facsimile signature may not be accurate.

    HUFFS CAFE / LAFAYETTE / LA.
    Good For / 1 / In Trade
    Possible issuers include W. D. Huff, Jr. who had a billiard hall and restaurant in the 1920s, and Mat O. Huff who had a restaurant in 1933.

    HUVAL'S BAKERY / PHONE / 876
    $1.00
    Joseph Huval ran this bakery, located at 324-328 St. John Street, from 1924 to the 1950s.

    FAMILY AMUSEMENT CENTER / KART / RANCH / RWM
    Non / Negotiable / Game / Token / Non / Redeemable
    Located at 508 Youngsville Highway. Wooden nickels good for free go-kart rides (Atwood-Coffee LA 490-C and D) and for one dollar off rides (Atwood-Coffee LA 1000-A and B) were also issued.

    LAFAYETTE JAYCEES / FESTIVAL / DE MUSIQUE / ACADIENNE
    [Eagle on Shield in Circle of Stars]
    This token was good for one dollar in food or drinks at the festival in 1985 and 1986.

    LAFAYETTE / [NUMERALS] [c/s] / PARK POOL
    [Same as obverse]
    Turnstile token for admittance to the pool located on Mudd Avenue.

    LAVERGNE'S / SUPER MARKET / 1602 N / UNIVERSITY / LAFAYETTE / LA
    Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
    [Same, but 5]
    [Same, but 10]
    [Same, but 25]
    [Same, but 50]
    Issued between 1973 and 1978.

    LEBLANC LABORATORIES / [BUST OF LEBLANC] / LAFAYETTE, LA.
    Good For 25 On A Bottle Of Hadacol Anywhere / Hadacol [Logo] / [Hadacol Bottle] / 1948
    [Same as above]
    L/4-25a:Four stars on obverse.
    L/4-25b:Six stars on obverse.

    THE LEBLANC CORPORATION / [BUST OF LEBLANC] / LAFAYETTE, LA.
    Good For 25 On A Bottle Of Hadacol Anywhere / Hadacol [Logo] / [Hadacol Bottle] / 1950 D-2
    The 1950 appears to be re-cut over 1948. Hadacol was a cure-all elixir marketed by the "Hadacol King" Dudley J. 'Coozan Dud' LeBlanc, one of Louisiana's most colorful political and historical figures. He began making medicines and drugs in Erath, Louisiana in 1939 under the name of Happy Day Company. The name "Hadacol" was thus derived: Happy Day Company, adding the "L" from Leblanc. The first Hadacol was made in old 55-gallon drums, mixed with a wooden paddle, and sold door-to-door. The company also marketed Dixie Dew (a cough medicine), Minsalate (a salve used for nasal congestion), Happy Day Headache Powder, and various flavors and flavorings. Later LeBlanc moved his operation to Lafayette and began marketing Hadacol nationwide. In 1951 The LeBlanc Corporation spent over $12 million in advertising, second only to Coca-Cola. A customer would send in three boxtops from Hadacol and receive a token. These tokens are said to have fit well in fifty-cent slot machines used in the 1950s.

    LEE'S / SEAFOOD / MART / 3117 CAMERON / 233-5732
    Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
    [Same, but 5]
    [Same, but 10]
    [Same, but 25]
    [Same, but 50]
    Issued in the mid-1970s.

    LITTLE WILLIE'S / BUS / CHECK / LAFAYETTE, / LA.
    Good Only From / Hotel / To / Depot

    LITTLE WILLIE'S / BUS / CHECK / LAFAYETTE, LA.
    Good Only From / Hotel / To / Depot [vars]
    Atwood-Coffee LA 470-A and B. Operated circa 1900 by Wilbur Lewis, whose stable was located next to Babcock's Hotel, at the corner of Garfield and Vermilion.

    OAK GROVE TAVERN / LAFAYETTE, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade

    OAK GROVE / TAVERN / LAFAYETTE, / LA.
    Good For / 50 / Cents / In Trade
    Located at 111 Scott Road and in business in the late 1930s and the 1940s.

    L. O. PECK'S / BAKERY
    Good For / 10 / Loaf Of Bread
    Listed in business directories only in the 1920s, but included in the 1944 Lafayette phone book at 204 Jefferson Street.

    PEOPLES COTTON / OIL / CO. / LAFAYETTE, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Ice
    [Same, but 10]
    Located at 121 South Washington Street, Peoples Cotton Oil Company was in business for the first half of the twentieth century. In the 1930s they operated branch locations across the area.

    PIZZA / [DINOSAUR WITH PIZZA] / PLAYHOUSE
    For Replay Only / No / Cash / Value / HH
    Alpert LA 470-PIY. Located at 2311 Kaliste Saloom Road.

    ROLLER CITY OF LAFAYETTE /
    Admit / One
    Located on Kaliste Saloom Road in 1977.

    ST. PAUL'S ATHLETIC CLUB / LAFAYETTE, / LA.
    Good For / 1 / In Trade
    St. Paul's School was located at 323 St. John Street in 1944.

    4519 JOHNSTON ST. / TIKI / [T]OKEN / LAFAYETTE, LA.
    Good For / One / Drink
    "Tiki" and "Token" share a common capital "T." This was issued in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

    TRAHANS / SUPERMARKET / WE FEATURE / BIG BONUS / STAMPS
    Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
    Located at 821 South Orange.

    B. F. TRAPPEY'S / SONS / INC. / LAFAYETTE / LA.
    1 [In Rays]

    B. F. TRAPPEY'S / SONS / INC. / LAFAYETTE / LA.
    5
    10

    B. F. TRAPPEY'S / SONS / INC. / LAFAYETTE, / LA.
    25
    50
    100
    B. F. Trappey, Sr. began his canning business in 1898 to process the now famous hot peppers which have become one of the secrets of Cajun/Creole cooking. The company was formed in Jeanerette in 1914. About 1930 the offices were moved to New Iberia and a canning plant opened in Lafayette about a year later. The company is still in business.

    GOOD FOR / 2 / BREAD / G. VEAZEY
    2
    [Same, but 5 both sides]
    Gaston Veazey had a bakery on Lincoln Avenue circa 1902-1903.

    VERMILIONVILLE / [FLEUR-DE-LIS] $1 [FLEUR-DE-LIS] / NOT LEGAL TENDER / UNE PIASTRE DE VERMILIONVILLE
    Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler / Vermilionville / Good For One Dollar In Food, Drink, Merchandise, Or Admissions At Vermilionville / E Pluribus Unum
    Vermilionville is a 'living history' museum located on the banks of Bayou Vermilion in Lafayette. The area includes a restaurant, an arts center, and a gift shop. The French phrase on the obverse translates "A Vermilionville dollar" while the one on the reverse translates "Let the good times roll."

    GOOD / FOR / 5 / IN TRADE / AT WAYNE'S PARKING LOTS
    [Same as obverse]

    WAYNE'S / PARKING / LOTS
    Lafayette, Louisiana. /
    Likely issued in the 1950s or the early 1960s.

    J. J. WOOLFOLK /
    Good For / 5 / In Trade [2mm center hole]
    John J. Woolfolk, Jr. operated a cigar store and billiard hall in New Iberia in the late 1910s. He moved to Lafayette in 1919 and was in business here about ten years. It is not known for certain when the token was issued.

    Charles D. Arceneaux was a numismatist who demonstrated the art of hand striking coins at coin shows in Lafayette for a number of years. Arceneaux made the dies and planchets himself, producing tokens in gold and silver for sale and in pewter and aluminum for free distribution. Although the tokens state they are good in trade, they had no redemptive value.

    GOOD FOR / 50 IN / TRADE / CHARLES D ARCENEAUX
    Armadillo] / Undated / cda

    HAND CRAFTED / [MALTESE CROSS, FLEUR-DE-LIS, AND TOOLS] / MEDALS
    Modern Hand / Trade / Value / 25 / Striking
    Good For / 50 In / Trade / Charles D Arceneaux

    GOOD FOR / 50 IN / TRADE / CHARLES D ARCENEAUX
    [Pack Mule] / cda
    [Same as above]
    [Same as above]

    GOOD FOR / 50 IN / TRADE / CHARLES D ARCENEAUX
    New Orleans / cda / [Pelican Feeding on Crawfish] / 1981
    [Same as above]

    GOOD FOR / 50 IN / TRADE / CHARLES D ARCENEAUX
    LaSalle 1682 / [Ship] / cda / 1982
    Masathusetts [sic] / [Tree] / 1982
    [Same as above]
    [Same as above]
    The reverse on this is a depiction of the Massachusetts Pine Tree Coinage of the 1600s.

    COIN AND TREASURE / TRADE / $250 VALUE / TOKEN / LAFAYETTE, LA.
    [Nativity Scene and Star] / 1983
    [Angel with Trumpet] / 1984
    [Santa Claus] / 1985
    Issues by Coin and Treasure struck in silver were used as gift certificates and are consequently afforded a regular listing.

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