Los Angeles 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 center of the token is punched out to leave the shape of a bell.
Obverse: The legend reads: LOS ANGELES RAILWAY
Reverse: The legend reads: GOOD FOR/ONE FARE
Currently not on view
Object Name
Los Angeles Railway
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 1.7 cm; 11/16 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

8/19/2016 10:46:23 PM
Paul Kriner
I have a bell token with L.A.Railway on the front and good for one fare on the back. I also have another token ( a shield). cut out of the center with L.A. Transit Lines on the front and good for one fare on the back I'm curious about the history of these tokens and how old they are. I have never heard of the railway nor the transit line before I found these.Perhaps you could tell me where to look to find out more. I really enjoy some historical items and pertinent information. If at all possible, perhaps you could tell me how old these are. I am putting them in my safe so they don't get lost. Thank you very much.
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