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Fostoria Museum - 1941 Seagraves Fire Truck

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This 1941 Seagraves Fire Truck was used by the Fostoria Fire Dept. It was manufactured by the Seagraves Co. in Columbus and was one of the last fire trucks to roll off their assembly line before the company switched to war production in 1942 during World WarII This unique vehicle came equipped with 24 sparkplugs.

Information courtesy of Leonard Skonecki

 

Fostoria Museum - George and Ida Mary Gray

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George and Ida Mary has been president and treasurer of the Fostoria Area Historical Society for many years. The Society meets monthly March through October. George is the grandson of George Gray who established Gray Printing here in Fostoria.

Information courtesy of Leonard Skonecki

 

Fostoria Museum - Wooden money

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This collection of wood money and the display case was donated by the International Organization of Wood Money Collectors and Fostoria Coin Club. Wood money was a trademark promotional device of the John B. Rogers Producing Co. which operated out of the building on Center St. just west of the Post Office. In 1954, for the Fostoria Centennial the Rogers Co. produced wood money "flats" about the size of a baseball card in denominations ranging from five cents up to 50 cents. During the week long centennial observance in July 1954, the wood money was honored as legal tender by roughly 50 local merchants. It was also honored by banks for the limited purpose of allowing children to open small accounts.

 

Fostoria Museum - Rogers Room

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The items in this room are all related to the John B. Rogers Producing Co. Which operated in Fostoria from 1903 until the late 1970's. The Rogers Co. produced historical pageants for towns and villages celebrating centennials, sesquicentennials and bicentennials. The Rogers Co. supplied the lead actors and made costumes and designed and built sets. The town supplied a historical sketch of the town an all the extras.

 

Fostoria Museum - Allen Auto

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Prior to the advent of sophisticated mass production techniques, many smaller communities had their own automobile manufactures. Fostoria had three - the Seneca Motor Car Co., the Allen Motor Car Co. and the Fostoria light automobile Co. The vehicle pictured here is one of the last remaining Allen's.

 

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