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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.

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    Okmulgee OK At Okmulgee Bakery GF One 5c Loaf Of Bread Oklahoma

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    Art Deco The Baker working in a bakery medal by Raoul LAMOURDEDIEU in its box

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    New Orleans Louisiana Trade Token bakery

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    S&E Bakery Token Good for One Loaf of Bread

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    Australia. BREAD TOKEN. (McLean) Newcastle East Bakery.. Fine

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    Dairy Tokens For Sale

    Trade Token OAKLAND Illinois DAIRY GF 1 Quart Milk

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    Cream Rose Dairy - 1/2 one half pint cream trade milk token - Stanwood WA 700

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    Ontario: RARE Agincourt Dairy 1 Pint Aluminum Token, 1892, Breton 815

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    N.G.C. XF45 Moanalua Dairy Token Hawaii

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    Token: GF 1 Gal. & 1/2 Gal; Shi9vely's Dairy, N. Manchester, IN Unlisted

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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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