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    The method of use promoted by most Bakery's followed the well-known "baker's dozen" scenario.

    A customer would pay for twelve loaves (at five or ten cents each), and receive thirteen tokens. J. B. Robbins' South Crowley Bakery went a step farther, selling their tokens at twenty-four for a dollar. This practice would benefit both parties, since the customer would receive a discount while the baker had his payment in advance.

    The increased popularity and availability of store-bought bread combined with price instability for fresh-baked bread led to the demise of this use of tokens.

    Dairy's generally used tokens in one of two ways. The most common use was as a bottle deposit check. When a customer purchased a bottle of milk, he paid a deposit (usually five cents). When the bottle and token were returned, the customer would get back his or her nickel. This method of use declined with the increase in the popularity of plastic and paper cartons.

    Another method was for a customer to make advance payment (much like at the bakery) and use the tokens for future purchases. In some cases, the tokens would be left at the front door or porch as a "note" to the deliveryman. Some dairies (none known so far from Louisiana) issued their tokens in different shapes to allow illiterate delivery men to "read" the order.

    Bakery Tokens For Sale

    WATSONVILLE,CAL.FRENCH AMERICAN VANINETTI BROS.BAKERY 5c LOAF BREAD

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    RARE CITY BAKERY S. UNGER 5 CENT ONE LOAF OF BREAD TOKEN--ST LOUIS

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    Panetteria Italiana - Vintage Italian Bakery Trade Token Unknown Origin

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    Coffeyville Kansas Bakery Trade Token

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    D.E. Clarke BAKERY, Good for 1 Loaf of Bread (Ontario, Canada)

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    1861-65 Bridgeport CT. Wallace's Variety Bakery NGC MS 64 BN F-35B/1A

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    Dairy Tokens For Sale

    RARE E. B. ANDERSON OK DAIRY ONE PINT TOKEN CLEBURNE TEXAS TX

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    William Hoppe Dairy 1897-1913 / Steinere & B Co. St Louis Missouri 28mm bronze

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    BEN BORTH, GACKLE, NORTH DAKOTA OLD DAIRY TAG TOKEN

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    FORT FT. SMITH AR ARKANSAS - LIDE CANTWELL DAIRY CO. GF 1 PINT MILK 1925 TOKEN

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    Farmers Dairy Ass'n token gf 1 qt 4% milk it Portland OR R3

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    Farmers Dairy Ass'n token gf 1 qt standard milk it Portland OR R3

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    J. Hambacher Bakery Algiers, LA Good For One Loaf of Bread Dairy Token Good For One Quart of Milk

    Below is a descriptions of a very good book about Dairy Tokens. The collector of this specialty will find this book to be an indispensable source of information. However, it is out of print. Search for this book by clicking Here!

    Catalog of Dairy or Milk Tokens and Related Exonumia
    by Melvin Reiter
    Unknown Binding: 1204 pages
    Publisher: Michigan Exonumia Publishers]; Rev edition (2002)
    ISBN: 0945008090

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