Indianapolis Street Railway Token

Description (Brief)
The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut produced this transportation token during the early 20th century. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, medals, coins, and transportation tokens. The token has two semi-circle sections cut out, leaving a central strip.
Obverse: Central image of a tower. The legend reads: INDIANAPOLIS ST. RY. CO.
Reverse: The legend reads: GOOD FOR/Robert I. Todd President/ONE FARE
Currently not on view
Object Name
Indianapolis Street Railway Company
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 1.6 cm; 5/8 in
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Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

10/30/2016 2:01:25 PM
Rory Gentry
Your description says "Obverse: Central image of a tower." That tower is the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which stands at the center of Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. It is the center of the city. All address points are measured from there. At Christmas time, they string lights from the top of the monument to the ground, creating the appearance of a Christmas tree.
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