Each month, the Courier-Post takes a look at items and their back stories not often seen by the public from the archives of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

The 1935 Mark Twain Centennial in Hannibal had many promotional items. One was a set of wooden “nickels.” These were thin strips of wood that were printed with Centennial information.

There were three denominations, a one nickel, two nickels and five nickels, corresponding to the coins a nickel, a dime and a quarter. The front had an announcement for the planned Mark Twain pageant scheduled June 18-20.

The reverse read: “This wooden certificate is issued in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Samuel L. Clemens “Mark Twain” and is redeemable in U.S. coin at the office of the Chamber of Commerce up to June 22, 1935.”

The Mark Twain Museum has a set of these promotional items. The three denominations were printed in different colors.