Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – Lincoln Fitzgerald’s Roots

Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – Lincoln Fitzgerald’s Roots
As I wrote in my book “Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – The Purple Gang Set”, the collector might expand his collection to include other items tied to the life of Lincoln Fitzgerald.  One of the items I find fun and interesting to include are casino chips from the illegal gambling houses that Lincoln and/or the Purple Gang operated.  The most famous illegal gambling club was Chesterfield Club in Detroit.  Casino chips from that club can regularly be found on Ebay at reasonable prices.  The chips shown below are the most popular available and often can be found for less than $10.

Another chip used at the Chesterfield Club just contain the inscription “24845 Gratiot Ave”.

While reviewing some old photo’s of the Chesterfield Club, I noticed the picture below.  The photo does note the address of the Chesterfield Club, but also notice the address sign on the front of the building – “24845”. 

The street number is a little difficult to see in this photo, but is very clear and visible in the original.  You can also find this photo on Ebay at times.