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Sambo's Restaurants Wooden Nickel Good for "FREE" 10¢ Cup of Coffee: Santa Ana & Bristol, California

by Sambo's Restaurants

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  • near fine
Near Fine
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About This Item

Promotional "Wooden Nickels" good for a 10¢ Cup of Coffee at Sambo's Restaurants in California, circa 1976. The chain closed all but one of their restaurants in 1983, selling their properties to Denny's & Bakers' Square following the bogus and ignorant controversy regarding the restaurants name, "Sambo's".

It was cited that the name was a racial epithet that targeted Black people. While the word Sambo is, in fact, a racial epithet, in this case it was actually derived from the names of the two founders, Sam Battistone Sr. and Newell Bohnett. The chain's mascot was a dark skinned boy and his tiger companion. If the protestors had bothered to read the popular book from where the characters were derived, they would have known that the boy was in fact, Tamilese (Southern India). Besides, who ever heard of an African Tiger?


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Sambo's Restaurants Wooden Nickel Good for "FREE" 10¢ Cup of Coffee
Sambo's Restaurants
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Used - Near Fine
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Sambo's Coffee Shop / Restaurants
Place of Publication
Santa Ana, CA
Date published
Coffee Shops, Restaurants, Tamilese, Black Americans, Wooden Nickels, Tokens, Coffee, Exonumia
Bookseller catalogs
History / Current Events; Business and Management; Race and Cultural Issues; African & African American Interests; Collectibles (Hobby); Coins and Banknotes; Americana;
60mm Diameter X ~3mm Thick

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