Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ohio punch cards

Another submission from Lawrence, he sends a question to our resident Ohio scholar, along with more photos in the form of a PDF:


I recently acquired a Big Bear MPC with a black print color issued May 1935 with a serial # in the 25000 series.

Please recheck your Big Bear MPC print color listed in the guide because if it is in fact green that would mean 2 different print runs for the Big Bear MPC!!!!! I believe mine has a radically lower serial number than what is listed but I have misplaced my copy of the Ohio guide.


Ohio printing examples from the American Bank Note Co

This submission comes from Lawrence & Porter, as part of an Ohio collection they purchased. The collection is set up in Hubbard catalog order and includes printing examples from the Columbian Bank Note Co, the American Bank Note Co and Reserve Litho. There will be additional pages in the future, as well.

Due to the size and amount of photos involved in this collection, I had originally intended to post everything in PDF form, allowing users to download and enjoy at their leisure or simply view here without downloading, if that’s your preference. However, all but one of the files exceeded the size allowed for uploading. So, for the time being, while we problem-solve, here is a sample of future PDFs to come.

Feel free to ask questions in the “comments” section, and perhaps we can get Lawrence to open up further about this collection.


Welcome to the new website of the A.T.T.S.

HELLO AND WELCOME to the new website of the American Tax Token Society. As you can see, we’re off to a solid start with a lot of areas of interest, such as an original article on the history of tax token collecting by Monte Dean, which this webmaster found fascinating and hope you will, too! This is just the first of what we hope will be many such articles on this website.

WE’VE ALSO PROVIDED a number of areas for members and non-members alike, to post tokens they have for sale or a want-list of tokens they’ve been seeking for their collection. Don’t be shy about using these areas. While the posts are currently moderated, there is no limit on how often you can post. Anyone who is reading this should feel free to take advantage of these areas.

WE WILL ALSO be regularly making posts, such as this one, featuring photos and stories from our members (links to these can be found on any page, to the right of the main text). These posts are only available to our members, but they are open to everyone to read & enjoy. So, if you are a member of the A.T.T.S. and want to tell a story related to Sales Tax Tokens or would like to post a photo of a new find or acquisition, simply contact the webmaster with what you’ve written and/or your photos, and they will be uploaded in a timely manner. And, by no means do these posts need to be restricted to rare or unlisted purchases. Think of this blog as the universal story of what it means to be a collector of anything. Sometimes you simply spend a dollar on something you already have because sometimes that’s what collectors do. The story isn’t always in the object, sometimes it’s in the story itself, and we look forward to hearing yours!