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  • Menter & Rosenbloom Token

    Menter & Rosenbloom Co. Youngstown, Ohio
    Menter & Rosenbloom Co.
    Youngstown, Ohio
    Obverse

    Menter & Rosenbloom Co. Youngstown, Ohio
    Menter & Rosenbloom Co.
    Youngstown, Ohio
    Reverse

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    Menter, Rosenbloom & Co. Indianapolis, Indiana
    Menter, Rosenbloom & Co.
    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Menter & Rosenbloom Co. Indianapolis, Indiana
    Menter & Rosenbloom Co.
    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Menter & Rosenbloom Co. Dubuque, Iowa
    Menter & Rosenbloom Co.
    Dubuque, Iowa

    Menter Co. Geneva, N.Y.
    Menter Co. Geneva, N.Y.
    Key Ring / Charge Coin

    Menter Co. Geneva, N.Y.

    The Menter & Rosenbloom Tokens

    Appearing in the TAMS Journal June 1997

    The Menter Story  (Part 1)   |   Menter & Rosenbloom Tokens  (Part 2)   |   Menter Tokens  (Part 3)

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    The Menter Company, Inc. tokens were presumably used in the same manner as Menter & Rosenbloom Co. used their tokens.

    The Menter tokens were issued with and with an address. The stock tokens, without an address, were probably used at smaller stores or the New York state stores.

    Many of the stock tokens are found all across the country and are extremely common. They come with one common obverse and two different reverse descriptions. Some minor varieties exist, which points to wide spread use and several orders made to an unknown token manufacturer.

    An image and description of each stock token follows.

    Menter Token Menter $1.00 Token

    Menter Token - Good As Gold

    Obverse - CLOTHING ON CREDIT / SATISFACTION / (EAGLE) / HONOR SERVICE / MENTER

    Reverse - GOOD FOR ONE DOLLAR / GOOD AS / ONE TO A / CUSTOMER / CASH THIS IN / TODAY / 100 / GOLD / ON PURCHASE OF $10 OR MORE

    Menter Clothing Token Menter Good Luck Token

    Menter Token - Good Luck

    Obverse - CLOTHING ON CREDIT / SATISFACTION / (EAGLE) / HONOR SERVICE / MENTER

    Reverse - GOOD FOR ONE DOLLAR / GOOD / ONE TO A / CUSTOMER / TRADE THIS IN / TODAY / 100 / LUCK / ON PURCHASE OF $10 OR MORE

    Note the inscription "Good As Gold" and "Cash This In Today" on the first stock token as compared to "Good Luck" and "Trade This In Today." Could the first token with "Good As Gold" and "Cash This In Today" have been misunderstood by customers or an unfriendly U.S. government regarding the use of trade tokens? We will probably never know the real reason for the two different stock tokens.

    Menter Token Kansas City, MO 1224 Grand Ave. Menter Token Kansas City, MO.

    Menter Token 1224 Grand Ave. Kansas City, MO

    Obverse - CLOTHING ON CREDIT / SATISFACTION / (EAGLE) / HONOR SERVICE / MENTER 1224 GRAND AVE

    Reverse - GOOD FOR ONE DOLLAR / GOOD / ONE TO A / CUSTOMER / TRADE THIS IN / TODAY / 100 / LUCK / ON PURCHASE OF $10 OR MORE

    Menter tokens with an address share the same common obverse as the stock tokens. The street address appears following the "Menter" name. No tokens have been found thus far with a city and state. Reverse descriptions are the same as a "Good Luck" stock tokens. Following is a list of all known Menter tokens that contain a street address.

  • Denver, CO 1629 Welton St. 1924 / 1929
  • Pueblo, CO 525 N. Main St. 1917 / 1928
  • Bloomington, IL 423 N. Main St.
  • Rockford, IL 320 W. State St. 1916 / 1927
  • Springfield, IL 515 N. Side Square
  • Elwood, IL 217 S. Anderson St. 1916 / 1924
  • Evansville, IN 501 Main Street 1920 / 1927
  • Fort Wayne, IN 1024 Calhoun St. 1915 / 1928
  • Indianapolis, IN 14 E. Washington St. 1922 / 1927
  • Terre Haute, IN 612 Walbash Ave. 1922 / 1925
  • Wichita, KS 153 N. Main St. 1924 / 1928
  • Louisville, KY 424 W. Market St. 1918 / 1928
  • Grand Rapids, MI 313 Monroe Ave. 1913 / 1928
  • Saginaw, MI 114 S. Franklin St. 1919 / 1931
  • Minneapolis, MN 418 Nicollet Ave. 1922 / 1952
  • St Paul, MN 420 Minneapolis St. 1923 / 1927
  • Kansas City, MO 1224 Grand Ave. 1913 / 1955
  • Cleveland, OH 425 Euclid Ave. 1920 / 1925
  • Columbus, OH 172 S. High St. (unknown)
  • Dayton, OH 35 S. Ludlow St. 1917 / 1927
  • Springfield, OH 33 W. High St. 1913 / 1926

    The year following the address is the opening and closing date at that address if known. The Menter Company moved frequently and in many cases was in business prior to the new address date at another location. Note the new address of the St. Paul, MN store. Prior to 1922 it was located at 48 East 7th Street. The store at Elwood, IL last appeared in city directories at 217 S. Anderson Street in 1924. Tokens of the Menter Co. were certainly issued during this time period. Most of the Menter tokens are very common but some pieces are harder to find.

    The Menter Company has a long and interesting history. Most clothing store retailers were small and their business died with them. However, here is one business that continued to function long after the death of its founders. One of the purposes of this article is to generate enthusiasm for collecting and researching tokens of the Menter Company.

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