Cambridge Provisional

Let’s begin a new series of photos, exploring some of the many different Illinois provisional sales tax tokens.

Our hope is that this series, over time, will help serve as a resource for the new collector. As well, these photos may help remind some of the seasoned collectors about a time in their own history when these “common” tokens seemed elusive.

If you’ve got a story connected to a specific token that we post a photo of, please feel free to take advantage of the “reply” section and tell us your tale, no matter how mundane it may seem to you!

To begin, let’s take a look at the Cambridge provisional token. Listed in the M&D book as number “L8”, it was redeemable at the Lion’s Club, worth a quarter of a cent at the time, had a rarity rating of R3 at the time of the M&D book and is made from copper.

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Missouri State Auditor Forrest Smith (1886-1962)

Continuing from yesterday’s post… it was noted that Forrest Smith somehow misspelled his own name, in his signature that appears on the missing Missouri pattern, which was featured yesterday.

Monte was kind enough to offer up some additional information on the matter, along with some new photographs. Taken from the comments section yesterday, Monte explained:

Not only was Forrest misspelled on this zinc pattern, but on 4 other patterns from the state of Missouri as well. Additionally, his name was misspelled that way on a couple of the early (1936, 1937) State Rules and Regulations booklets and on one of his campaign pin-back buttons for the position of State Auditor when he ran for a second term. Forrest Smith is also the only known human to have had his name appear on a roll and box from ANY state, on Missouri zinc tokens, although his name was spelled correctly on those (they are not listed in the M&D).




Just a Reminder

Attention all ATTS members. Please consider helping this website stay relevant by contributing content to it. Your contribution can be as simple as a couple of photos of your collection or of a specific piece or pieces from your collection or an old article of yours that was once published in the newsletter. Don’t feel that just because you don’t have a bunch of R-9’s and R-10’s to take photos of that we aren’t interested in your story, because we are!

“Just For Fun” an article by Monte Dean

In what we all hope will be the first of many more to be posted on this website, here is an article by ATTS member Monte Dean, entitled “Just For Fun”. It originally appeared in ATTS Newsletter #138, back in 2007.

Monte makes numerous helpful suggestions for a situation that all collectors encounter: they think they’ve run out of things to collect. The horror! This enjoyable article show us all that we just might not be collecting outside of the box as well as we thought we were!


A Blast From the Past

I thought I’d start the first post of the month off with a slight change of pace and post something different. Here is the very first newsletter that the American Tax Token Society ever released. The A.T.T.S. began in 1971 and this first newsletter quickly followed. Forty-two years later, the newsletter is still on schedule and going strong, with issue number #161 just having been released this Summer.

So, check out our humble beginnings and consider joining, if you aren’t already a member!


Creative Collecting Tax Token Display

The sixth and final photo in this series is titled “Creative Collecting” and showcases some of the related or sideline items that we collect, such as counter-stamps, booklets, reproductions, errors, commemorative items and beyond. Click twice on the photo to really zoom in!

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