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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

    Canada, Manitoba, Winnipeg, WORKINGMENS UNION BAKERY. g.f. 1 Loaf Trade Token

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    Barnesville, OH Ohio ... City Bakery ... Good for 1 Loaf Bread (T-27-202)

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    Australia. BREAD TOKEN. J.Beacham - Diggers Bakery, Islington.. gVF

    $102.44
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    Edmundston New Brunswick Deschenes Bakery Token Good For 1 Loaf 1940's

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

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    TT # 723 - Home Bakery - Millstadt, Illinois - Good For 1 Loaf Of Bread

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    Dairy Tokens For Sale

    R-10 MAVERICK FOREMOST DAIRIES 1 QUART OF MILK TOKEN BIRMINGHAM ,ALA.

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    SANTA CRUZ CA CALIFORNIA - SADLER'S DAIRY - GF ONE QUART MILK WITH BOTTLE TOKEN

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    Fontana, California ~ JERSEY DAIRY // GOOD FOR ONE PT MILK ~ trade token

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    Dairy Queen Store 40 cent Good for One 5 oz Size Free Sundae Silver Alum. Token

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    3 rare vintage Dixie Dairy merchandise Trade tokens two have rotated reverse

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    Token: GF 1 pt. Milk, Southern Dairies, Miami, FL R6

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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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