Tokens were also used in brothels or houses of ill repute, primarily in the famed "Storyville" district of New Orleans, where prostitution was legal until 1917.
The customer would buy the token from a contact (often the bartender) and after services were rendered, he would give the girl the token plus whatever tip he deemed sufficient.
In this way, the Madam was assured of getting her cut while the girl was able to keep all her tips.
Several tokens are known from businesses that have been documented to be connected with brothels, but since most indicate a numerical redemptive value they may have been simply bar checks rather than "house" tokens.
For more than 10,000 Tokens and Medals.