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07 Jan 2017

Visually Searching for Ice Cream

Exonumia | DrDarryl

In 2016, I won an online auction relating to an ice cream token. The seller hinted it was from Hawaii and I knew the seller was located in Hawaii as I had previous dealings with him. The text on the token does not mention Hawaii or a city in Hawaii, thus began my search.

Normally, a pre-purchase prerequisite that I perform is to locate the numismatic item in a catalog or guidebook. This ice cream token was not listed in my copy of the Hawaiian Money Standard Catalog by Medcalf & Russell. Anyway, I took a chance and made the purchase.

My numismatic search began while the token was in transit to me. I started to search various Hawaii sources. The key words I was searching with was "Velvet Ice Cream" which led me to an organization named "Honolulu Dairymen's Association".

This is were the fun began. I started to search periodicals for my designated keywords from earliest to the latest in time. I found images relating to the keywords as early as 1915. My big break came when I visually noticed the font used on the word "Dairymen's" matched the ice cream token and a 1927 Hawaii advertisement.

My visual search eventually led to the logo match of the keywords "Dairymen's Velvet Ice Cream" in a 1935 Hawaii advertisement.

I included images of my search results.

The Honolulu Dairymen's Association Ice cream token was highly likely used as early as the mid-20's to late as the late 30's in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.




Comments

user_7180

Level 5

wonderful piece of history.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

incredible research

SpartaCuse

Level 4

Doc, your Hawaii info is incredible - you have great patience & persistence !

Longstrider

Level 6

I love research. It's better than having the coin, almost. Great job of explaining your procedure. It's skillful that your visual search lead to the answer. Thanks for the blog!

"SUN"

Level 5

I consider you the expert on Hawaii Numismatics!

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