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Covid Revives Wooden Currency

 
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TENINO, Wash. -- The blue-cheese salad dressing, butter, ground turkey, cans of grain-free dog food and new toothbrush came to $24.97. Laurie Mahlenbrei handed the cashier a slice of wood marked $25, and walked out.

The wooden currency is good only in the small city of Tenino, part of an effort to help residents and merchants alike get through the economic fallout of the pandemic. Decades after it created a similar program during the Great Depression, the city is dipping into its emergency accounts to give people in need up to $300 per month in wooden currency to spend.

Just about every business in town, from the gas station and auto-body shop to Don Juan's Mexican Kitchen, is accepting the wooden scrip. The currency, made of maple veneer, is about the thickness, size and flexibility of an index card and printed on the same 1890s-era press that once printed the Depression currency and the newspaper. It can't be used for alcohol, tobacco or marijuana.

The businesses can redeem the scrip for real dollars at City Hall -- or sell them on the side. Some merchants said they've been offered three times the face value from coin collectors around the country.

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 Posted 06/21/2020  09:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great story!

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 Posted 06/21/2020  09:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Arkie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Don't take any wooden nickels.

$25 wooden index cards, on the other hand....
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 Posted 06/22/2020  08:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not too surprising, Tennino was the city where wooden money originated.
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 Posted 06/22/2020  1:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add captaincoffee to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good story, and interesting that people in need can actually turn these for even more money from collectors.
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 Posted 03/01/2021  3:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just noticed this thread. I think the coolest thing about this wooden scrip is that they used the *same* press that was used to print the Tenino depression scrip in the 1930s.
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 Posted 03/01/2021  4:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
pretty neat! Nice to see a community come together and help each other.
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