Kansas City Public Service Company Token

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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, and transportation tokens. The reverse bears the signature of J.A. Harder, the treasurer of the Kansas City Public Service Company.
Obverse: The legend reads: KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SERVICE CO.
Reverse: The legend reads: HALF FARE/ J. A. Harder/ TREAS.
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Kansas City Public Service Company
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 2.3 cm; 7/8 in
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Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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National Museum of American History


When was J.A. Harder the treasurer of Kansas City, Missouri? It would be interesting to know when these public service company tokens were issued.
Mine has a star in the middle!
I have six tokens that say full fare.
"I have one of these tokens . My mother gave it to me years ago . My token says full fare and yours says half fare. I also have a Missouri tax receipt token that says 5 on each side and it has a hole in the middle of it. Thanks , Mike"

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