Mohrland Mercantile Company Powder Token

Description
The United States Fuel Company owned the Mohrland, Utah mine as well as its company store that was run by the Mohrland Mercantile Company. This token is a form of scrip that entitled the bearer to 10 sticks of dynamite from the company score, while also allowing the company to control the distribution of explosives. Scrip is a substitute for legal tender often used in coal towns as a substitute for monetary wages or credit against the miner’s next paycheck. Scrip could only be spent in company stores for goods (often sold at a markup) and the use of scrip in lieu of pay was often a source of contention between workers and management. This token was stamped by the Salt Lake Stamp Company sometime between 1915 and 1938.
Object Name
token, powder
Measurements
overall: 3/32 in x 1 1/2 in; .254 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-I-1012.04
catalog number
MHI-I-1012
accession number
304820
subject
Work
American Enterprise
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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