Mohrland Mercantile Company Powder Token

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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.
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
Credit Line
United States Fuel Co.
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Work
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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