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Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023
Good Tuesday morning to you!

When I pay for things with cash, I often throw the coins in a nook on the console of my vehicle. When the coins start piling up, I toss them in my pocket, and they usually end up in my desk drawer, waiting to be exchanged for a Snickers bar in our office vending machines.

When I picked up the coins recently, I thought of those pocket-sized, rubber, oval-shaped coin pouches that seemingly everyone had when I was a kid. Whatever happened to those things?

As I recall, the coin pouches were produced in a variety of bright colors, sometimes with a key chain, and almost always with some sort of advertising on them. When you squeezed them, they opened up like a mouth for the coins to drop in. You may also remember that they had a strange smell, typical of rubber or plastic items of the time.

Quikoin, of Akron, Ohio, was the original company that produced these squeezable coin pouches. The company started making them in 1951 and produced tens of millions for the next few decades. According to an article on Cleveland.com, the Quikoin was named as one of the top five promotional products of the 20th century by the industry’s trade group. That same article says Frank Sinatra even carried a Quikoin so his change didn't jingle around in his pocket when he was performing.

The patent on the Quikoin has expired, but the company says competitors haven't been able to duplicate their technology. In fact, they are so secretive about the manufacturing that they won't allow photographs of their production line. I love it.

If I remember correctly, that handy little pouch could hold a few bucks in coins. You could stuff a few more in, but the pouch wouldn’t close completely then, and it was a bit uncomfortable in your pocket, especially if you were wearing a pair of size 6 Toughskins.

Quikoin has apparently made a resurgence in recent years as some folks like me seek out the nostalgia. The company says it is selling about 2 million per year now to those who want to “conjure up old memories.” Others, according to the article at Cleveland.com, are using them to store earrings, guitar picks and even condoms.

Maybe you have a few of these coin pouches today. If so, shoot me a note and let me know. Better yet, send me a photo, too. Or if you are really feeling generous, mail me an actual coin pouch. I will fill it with my own coins.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines®

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Tuesday means $1.49 grilled cheese sandwiches at Kwik Stars.

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Identity crisis — a “Frankenstein”

By Jackie Wilson

Brett Kurth of Waukee has owned dozens of cars over the years. At one time, he owned 13. To say he's a car fanatic is an understatement.

His most recent car is a mashup of four different vehicles. It's also known as a “Frankenstein” or a “rat rod” with different car parts put together. It consists of a four-door Chevy 1957 wagon with the top cut off, a 1957 Chevy truck, a 1959 Chevy pickup and a 1957 Chevy grill.

He bought the car in Missouri because of its unique looks.

Read more in the July issue of Waukee  Living magazine 

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Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a fish wearing a bowtie? SO-FISH-TICATED! - Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post. Or, A formal dinner. - Dennis Porter. Or A "fin"icky dresser - very up"scale"! - Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

What do you do if you want to buy chess pieces?

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