Transportation

New York subway tokens
NY subway tokens

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Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 11:37 am (PDT) on Thu March 30, 2017   
My parents had some souvenir tokens left while they were on vacation in NYC.
Posted by Duff at 5:47 am (PDT) on Sat July 26, 2014   
Funny thing, memory.  I was 3 years old in 1953, and don't recall the time before tokens.  Yet, until just yesterday I thought the original "small Y" tokens were 10 cents, rising to 15 cents maybe ten years later.  Obviously, I was wrong.
Posted by SUBSURF at 4:08 am (PDT) on Thu June 23, 2011   
Nah, we were all Catholic school kiddies.
Posted by Balonna at 7:35 am (PDT) on Wed June 22, 2011   
Did they go to PS 71?
Posted by SUBSURF at 4:05 am (PDT) on Wed June 22, 2011   
Had plenty of cousins in that neck of the woods. Who knows? Maybe we have run into each other in the past.
Posted by Balonna at 12:03 pm (PDT) on Thu June 16, 2011   
Buhre Ave, on the Pelham Bay line.
Posted by SUBSURF at 9:26 am (PDT) on Thu June 16, 2011   
Thanks, Was 167th Street on 4 train, Now Bedford Park Blvd on the D train.
Posted by Balonna at 7:27 am (PDT) on Thu June 16, 2011   
Loving your subway comments, went to your profile- maybe we were neighbors!
What was your subway stop?
Posted by SUBSURF at 7:20 am (PDT) on Thu June 16, 2011   
Subway tokens came to be when the fare went to 15 cents in 1953. Previously a nickel then a dime, when the fare went to 15 cents it was cheaper to have a token minted rather than change the turnstile mechanism to accept 2 coins. Having to put 2 coins in the turnstile would've also slowed down entry points.

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