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Penny Token - Metal, John Howell Bookseller, Adelaide, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 079442

Summary:
This one penny token was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was for John Howell Bookseller, Liverpool Cheap Book Depot, Hindley St, Adelaide.

Working in Little Lon.
Alongside the tightly packed cottages, commercial enterprise thrived in little Lon. Shops sold food and 'fancy goods'. Factories and workshops manufactured bellows, furniture, waterproof clothing and ice cream.

In the 1880s grocers flourished, and in the 1890s clothing firms and Chinese cabinet-makers dominated the local manufacturing scene. But Little Lon's most numerous businesses were the myriad hotels and brothels.

It is easy to overlook the 'invisible' work carried out in people's homes. Because such work was rarely documented we rely on things left behind to tell the story. The abundance of lace bobbins dug up at Little Lon hints at a lace-making industry and busy lives otherwise hidden from history.
Description:
One penny token. No date. 40% corroded, tarnished, flattened. Inscribed: JOHN HOWELL, BOOKSELLER, HINDLEY ST., ADELAIDE, LIVERPOOL CHEAP BOOK DEPOT
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 2 mm (Height), 34 mm (Width), 31 mm (Length)

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: Currency
Trench Unit Number: 17/02/06
Inscriptions: Inscribed on obverse: JOHN HOWELL ADELAIDE/ BOOKSELLER/ HINDLEY ST
Inscribed on reverse: LIVERPOOL CHEAP BOOK DEPOT

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