Wells Fargo Lounge Sticker Description
The sticker has a cream background with black lettering. The sticker reads: “WELLS FARGO LOUNGE Highland Park Bowl 4204 23rd Ave. MOLINE, ILL.” What is really interesting about this coin is that in very small print at the bottom of the coin is information on the printer. This is the only coin I have ever seen that contains such a mark. While it is hard to read the printer logo says: “Allied Printing * Trades (Union Label) Council * Tri-City” with a number “5” to the right of the logo.
The more I research this coin the more I like it. The Wells Fargo Lounge is still in existence today and located in the same spot. It opened in 1959. Highland Park Bowl was a 48 lane bowling alley that also had a lounge. 23rd street has since been renamed to Avenue of the Cities. As well The lounge/bowling alley has since been renamed Fargo Dance & Sports. This coin would have been made within a few years of the lounge’s opening.
Information on Trade Council
At the bottom of this sticker you will see the Union “Bug” at the bottom. As I said before this is the only sticker I have ever seen with a union label on it. The number 5 to the right of the label was the union number. The #5 is no longer in business, but the Allied Printing union is. Here is the link to their website: http://www.alliedlabel.org/ I would love to know the history of why the owner of the Wells Fargo Lounge choose to have union labor do the work. Was it union loyalty on his part or was there a bit of a shake down involved? I would love to know more about it.