Stude's Coffee Parlor Houston Owney tag
- This is one of two tokens Owney received from Alphonse Stude’s Houston, Texas, bakery. Stude, a prominent Houston businessman and city booster, recognized the advertising potential of the traveling dog. Usually Owney’s arrival to a town was heralded in the local newspaper and the articles about his welcome often listed the tokens he was wearing. This token, which could be used in trade for a cup of coffee, is known as a trade check. These tokens were used much as coupons are today, offered by merchants as a lure to increase customers’ purchases.
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- National Postal Museum
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- Owney, American, c. 1888 - 1897
- Seals, Symbols & Signage
- Diameter: 1 in. (2.5 cm)
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- The Gilded Age (1877-1920)
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