There is a saying that was popular when I was growing up, and is still in use today. That saying is “I wouldn’t give you a wooden nickel for that…” or words to that effect. Believe it or not, there really was a wooden nickel, and today’s Warped site is proof of that exsistence.

The site is called the Wooden Nickel Historical Museum. Here is a complete history of this unique form of currency. The story has its roots in the Great Depression of the 1930s, when a bank in Washington state failed and created a shortage of money in that area. The local Chamber of Commerce bridged that lack of currency by authorizing the printing of wooden money. In Blaine, Washington, the first nickels were issued when their bank failed (lots of banks failed in the thirties).

The idea soon caught on, and became popular. The problem was that there was no real money behind them. Hence the saying, “Don’t take any wooden nickels” became popular, since they had no buying power. Over the years, they have become basically a ceremonial item, created to commemorate a person or event. At this site you will learn about these items, and some of the more popular and unusual ones created. The Warp-o-Meter gives this site a 6.5, but then it is made of wood, and probably feels a kinship to them.

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