To most of you, this is just another typical store trade token. But it has special meaning to me. Although the store closed in 1921, my mother was born in the 1930s within 5 miles of its location. She was the last of 7 children in a family of sharecroppers (and a surprise late arrival), it is very likely that my grandparents or their other children frequented this establishment and possibly may have used such a token. This was truly the back side of nowhere in those times. The majority of people who lived there were Cajuns or freed slaves and their descendants. From Crawford and Farber (Louisiana Trade Tokens, 2nd Ed.): Glencoe population 1880: 50; 1900: 300; 1940: 50. The Post Office closed in 1928.
Inordinately fascinated by bits of metal with strange markings and figures