Chicago World’s fair token found among deceased descendant’s effects.

In a recent email to this researcher, it was revealed that among the effects of descendant Norman L. Laser, was a token identified by the deceased in a holographic note as belonging to his own 1st cousin 3X removed, John Calhoun Colvin (1854-1921). The discoverer was Donna Hrozencik, Charles Colvin’s 4th great-granddaughter. The token (obverse side shown,) was a souvenir of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The fair, known formally as the World ‘s Colombian Exposition (a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the new world, ) was a 6-month-long extravaganza on 600 acres of shoreline along Lake Michigan, the likes of which drew millions of visitors during its half-year run. J.C. Colvin was a grandson of  Richard Colvin, Sr., and had been a teen aged spy under Confederate Generals Hamilton and Butler. These coins are extremely rare and coveted by collectors; this particular token, though of no real monetary value, is clear evidence of how John enjoyed “quality time” with the family.

About Alex Colvin

Senior, History, minoring in Anthropology, University of Houston. Charter President, Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, (Webb UH Main 2014-2015) University of Houston. Additional credentials can be found in the CV / Services tab.
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