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Alexandria was named, not for the great city of Egypt, but for Alexandria Fulton brother of Robert Fulton of steamboat fame. Alexandria Fulton once owned the land that Alexander is located on. He was also evolved in Louisiana politics.

There also a story out there that says Alexandria was named after Robert Fulton’s Daughter.

Alexandria is the Rapides parish seat. It is nicknamed “Hub City” due to its central location in Louisiana.

ARKANSAS / BAR
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade
The Arkansas, owned by J. B. Quirk, was located at 1009 Third and operated from 1906 to 1911.

ACCEPTED ON AUTO TIRES / & / ACCESSORIES / AUTO TIRE CO. / FREE ROAD SERVICE / PHONE 531 / 1207-3RD ST. / ALEXANDRIA, LA.
Good For / $1.00 / On A / Cash Purchase / Of / $15.00 / Or Over
In existence from 1919 to 1930.

B & B / ALEXANDRIA, LA.
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade
Description is based on a verbal report and may not be accurate. Believed to have been issued by Bass & Brewster, who operated a saloon circa 1905.

B & M / GROCERY / 1436 / VANCE AVE / ALEXANDRIA / LA
Food Stamp Credit / 14 / In Eligible Foods

[Same, but 5]
[Same, but 10]
[Same, but 25]
[Same, but 50]
Issued in the mid-1970s. The significance of the initials is not known.

A. P. BALABUSICH /
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade

Balabusich had a saloon and grocery in Bunkie in the 1880s. He moved to Alexandria in the late 1890s, operating a saloon (the Cosmopolitan) and a restaurant at 928 Madison until about 1907.

BEGNAUD / & / WEXLER
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade
A cigar store and billiard hall in business in the early 1920s.

ONE ON EACH SUIT ORDER / BELL / TAILORING / CO. / LOOK FOR / THE BIG RED BELL / ALEXANDRIA, LA.
Good For / $1.00$ / On A Suit
Also known as Stag Tailors, this firm appears in business directories only in 1919 and 1920. It is likely that there was some connection with the Bell Tailoring of Baton Rouge that issued a similar discount token with the phrase, “Look for the big red bell.”

BELL’S / SUNNYSIDE / GROCERY / 2546 12TH ST / ALEXANDRIA / LA
Food Stamp Credit / 14 / In Eligible Foods
[Same, but 5]

[Same, but 10]

[Same, but 25]
[Same, but 50]
Issued during Phase III of the food stamp change program (mid-1970s).

BEN’S / GROCERY
Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods

[Same, but 5]
[Same, but 10]
[Same, but 25]
[Same, but 50]

REDEEMABLE / ONLY IN / ELIGIBLE / FOODS AT: / BEN’S / GROCERY
Food / Stamp / 1 / Credit
[Same, but 5]

[Same, but 10]
[Same, but 25]
Located at 2812 Lower Third; issued in the mid-1970s.

BIG 4 / MERCANTILE / COMPANY / ALEXANDRIA, / LA.
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade

[Same, but $111]
A general store apparently in business for a brief time circa 1928.

3746 GOVERNMENT STREET / [HORN OF PLENTY] / BONUS TOKENS, INCORPORATED / ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA
Merchandise Only / Two Point / 2 / Token / Not Redeemable For Cash
[Same, but Five Point / 5]
[Same, but Ten Point / 10]
These were issued as a part of a promotion circa 1979.

M. W. C. / 2ND ST. / ALEXANDRIA, LA.
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade
Likely issued by M. W. Calvert, a saloonkeeper from 1889 until about 1903.

CAESAR’S / C [in wreath] / CAESAR’S
Good For / One / Free Drink / Happy Hour / Only
[Same as above]
This was a 1970s and 1980s nightclub located at 3805 Halsey.

L. P. DIDIER / ALEXANDRIA / LA
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade

Didier operated a saloon and general store in Marksville from the 1880s until the early 1900s. He then opened a saloon located at Third and Johnston in Alexandria. He closed this business in 1914 and returned to Marksville, where he ran a general store for a number of years.

M. DINNAT’S / BAKERY
Good For / 10¢ / Loaf Bread

M. DINNAT’S / STEAM / BAKERY
Good For / 1 / Loaf
Good For / 2 / Loaves
Marcel Dinnat operated his bakery for about thirty years beginning in 1913. He was located at 902-06 Monroe in 1929. Dinnat’s bakery marketed “Pan-Dandy” bread.

DISCOUNT / VIDEO [VCR TAPE LOGO]
No / Cash / Value / HH
Alpert LA 40-DIS. This token was issued by Neighborhood Video on Jackson Street Extension and was given with each video rental. It was used in a modified slot machine, with prize payouts based on the results of the play.

FF [outlined] / SUPER / MARKET / 2533-3RD ST / ALEXANDRIA / LA
Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods

FF [outlined] / SUPER [outlined] / MARKET [outlined] / 2533-3RD ST / ALEXANDRIA / LA
Food Stamp Credit / 25 / In Eligible Foods
Issued in the mid-1970s; the store is also listed as F & F Supermarket.

STEPHEN D. FAIRFIELD / ALEXANDRIA, / LA.
Good For / 25 / In Trade
No directory listings found. Appears to be a 1910s issue.

FARACE / FAST / STOP
Food Stamp Credit / 14 / In Eligible Foods
[Same, but 5]
[Same, but 10]
[Same, but 25]
[Same, but 50]
Located at 2445 Overton Street, Sammy Farace issued these tokens in the mid-1970s.

FLYNN / CONSTRUCTION / COMPANY
One / Load
Two types reverse wording on curved lines. Reverse wording on straight lines. The brass piece is listed as OK-OKC-42-1 without comment in Walker’s Oklahoma catalog. It is not known when either token was issued. Ben Flynn began operations in Oklahoma shortly after World War I, moving to Texas briefly before settling in Alexandria circa 1930. Flynn invented two
road building machines, the “Flynn Road builder” and the “Flynn Sub grader.” He began building this equipment in 1932 and by 1934 had effectively abandoned the construction business in favor of manufacturing these machines. The token was given to drivers as they delivered loads of fill to construction sites and were redeemed at the end of the work day.

TIME CHECK [i] / [NUMERALS] [i] / GEHR’S CONST. CO. [i] / INC [i]
[Blank] [holed for suspension]
Gehr Construction Company was in business from 1918 to 1926.

GRAVEL’S DRUG STORE / 25TH / ANNIVERSARY / 25TH / 16 BOLTON AVE.
Good For / 15% Discount / On Any Purchase / Made On The 25th / Day Of Any Month / When Presented / With All Purchases / Except Tobaccos / & Magazines
Alfred C. Gravel issued this circa 1955. The store closed in 1994.

HANDI-MART / FOOD / STORE
Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
[Same, but 5]
[Same, but 10]
[Same, but 25]
[Same, but 50]
Issued in the mid-1970s; located at 2345 Harris Street.

E. L. HOLMES. / ALEXANDRIA / LA.
Good For / 5¢ / In Merchandise
Holmes had a saloon at 1103 Gould Avenue from about 1905 to 1918.

HOT CITY / JOE / RIBAUDO, / PROP. / CASH STORE
Good For / 5¢ / In Merchandise
[Same, but 504]

Joe Ribaudo operated a grocery store located at 1402-06 Gould from about 1914 until about 1929. “Hot City” is possibly an error for Hub City.

HUB CIGAR STORE /
Good For / 25¢ / In Trade [3mm center hole]

Good For / 50¢ / In Trade
This store was in business in 1913 and 1914.

HUB CITY / RECREATION / ASSN.
Good For / 5¢ / In / Merchandise
Attribution based on the fact that Alexandria is nicknamed “Hub City” and that the only known example of this token was dug there.

IDEAL / FOOD / 1439 / DALLAS ST / ALEXANDRIA / LA
Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
[Same, but 5]

[Same, but 10]
[Same, but 25]
[Same, but 50]
Phase III food stamp change tokens.

JOE’S / GROCERY / 3606 3RD ST / ALEXANDRIA / LA
Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
[Same, but 5]

[Same, but 10]
[Same, but 25]
[Same, but 50]

REDEEMABLE / ONLY IN / ELIGIBLE / FOODS AT: / JOE’S / GROC.
Food / Stamp / 1 / Credit
[Same, but 5]
[Same, but 10]
[Same, but 25]
Issued in the mid-1970s.

WE TURN HOUSES / INTO / BEAUTIFUL / HOMES / KAPLAN / FURNITURE / CO. / ALEXANDRIA
Good For / $1.00 / On A / Cash Purchase / Of / $20.00 / Or Over
D. M. Kaplan opened his furniture store in 1910. Located at 826 Lee Street, it became Kaplan Furniture Company in 1918 and closed in 1931.

LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE / NO. / 861 / ALEXANDRIA, / LA.
[Same as obverse]
Somewhat of a mystery. The current Moose Lodge in Alexandria is Number 1951.

MAC ARTHUR / CINEMA I
Admit / One / Child
This theater was located in McArthur Village on Jackson Street Extension.

MEYER’S CAFE RESTAURANT. [i] / 15 [i]
[Blank]
[Same, but 85]
There was a Meyer Cafe Co., Inc. in Alexandria from 1925 to 1937. See listing under 9999 for another token that may have been issued by a predecessor.

MIKE MULE / 131 / TENTH ST.
Check & Dime / Good / Next / Time

Mike Mule – pronounced Mew-lay – operated his saloon in the 1910s. He later opened a service station (see below).

MIKE MULE’S SERVICE STATION / TIRES / GAS / OIL / TUBES / ONE ON EACH / TIRE / ALEXANDRIA, LA.
Good For / $1.00 / On / A New Tire
Mule opened this service station about 1925 and closed around 1930. It was located at 1041 Lee in 1927.

N.C.O. OPEN MESS / ENGLAND / A.F.B. / ALEXANDRIA, LA.
Good For / 50¢ / In Trade
Cunningham LA130. For other tokens from England A.F.B., see listings under that heading.

PARK SERVICE & FILLING STATION / TIRES / TUBES / ACCESSORIES / GAS – OIL / S. J. LOLAN / PROP. / PHONE 231
Good For / $1.00$ / On A / Tire & Tube
Samuel Lolan was apparently in business briefly circa 1925.

J. H. PRESCOTTS [sic] / CIGAR / AND / PARCEL STAND / 628-10TH ST.
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade
Prescott was in business in 1917 and 1918.

RAPIDES / HOTEL / T. C. WHEADON PROP.
Good For / 50 / In Merchadise [sic]

RAPIDES / HOTEL / BAR
Good For / 1.00 / In Trade
Opening in 1890, this hotel located at Second and Washington was in business for over fifty years. Thomas Wheadon was the lessee until his death in 1923, when his estate had the firm incorporated. This is the same Wheadon family who issued tokens for a plantation in Mooreland.

RAPIDES SPORTING GOODS CO. / SPORTING / GOODS / SPECIALISTS / ALEXANDRIA, LA.
Good For 25¢ On Purchase Of $5.00 / Or / 504 / On Purchase / Of / $10.00 / Or / $1.00 / On Purchase / Of / $20.00 Or Over
This company was in business from 1919 to 1923.

SCALLAN REST ROOM / 1124 / SECOND / ST. / ALEXANDRIA L. [sic]
Good For / 10 / In Merchandise
The only known Louisiana token on which the state is abbreviated “L.”. Not found in directories; likely issued in the 1930s or 1940s.

ONE ON EACH SUIT ORDER / SCOTCH / WOOLEN MILLS / ALTERATIONS, / CLEANING & PRESSING / A SPECIALTY / PHONE 613 / ALEXANDRIA, LA.
Good For / $1.00$ / On A Suit
Listings indicate this firm was in business only in 1917 and 1918.

A blue plastic token is known from the Sheraton Inn.

SKY ROOF [i] / GARDEN [i] / ALEXANDRIA, LA. [i] / [NUMERALS] [i]
[Blank] [holed for suspension]
This was reportedly an admission check for a dance club owned by the Sky family. It was in business from the late 1920s until about 1950 and was located at 11222 Third in 1929.

SPOT CLUB / ALEXANDRIA / LOUISIANA
Good For / 5¢ / In Trade
Owned by Joseph A. Robinson, this pool hall and bar located at 703 Third was in operation from 1944 to the mid-1950s.

T. P. A. / BAR / ALEXANDRIA
Good For / 15¢ / In Trade
Directories list a T. P. A. Saloon at Wheelock and Madison in 1906, also there was a T. P. A. Hotel, located opposite Union Depot in 1908. The significance of the initials “T. P. A.” is not known.

SAM TESTA’S / BILLIARD / HALL / ALEXANDRIA / LA.
Good For / 2 1/2¢ / In Trade
Testa began business in Lobdell circa 1907. He relocated to Alexandria about 1912, where he ran this billiard hall until 1919. He then had a bakery, fruit, and produce store which eventually closed circa 1927.

T. M. WARD /
In / Trade / Only
Ward was in business from the mid-1890s until about 1910. In 1908 he had two saloons in Alexandria: one at 903 Madison, the other at 1138 Lee.