We received the following letter from Memorial visitor Bobby Hutchinson asking
about this great find he made:
I was wondering if you would have any information
on a promotion that Fantasy Farm ran. Last weekend I found a a confederate 1000
dollar bill, or that's what is on one side of it. On the other it says,
(starting from top to bottom) save these 1000.00 bill's! they're "good as Gold"
Ask for them whenever you buy. bring them to Fantasy Farms weekly auctions of new, high
quality merchandise. Items sold to the highest bidder. 1000.00 confederate bill free with
every paid admission. it says good only on auction purchases decoration day thru
labor day. My first question is how old this item is. The lady that lived in
the house it came from died several years ago, but could tell you about the
Dayton flood! My second question is what is Decoration Day?? I will try to scan this
piece if you wish to have a copy of it, just let me know.
UPDATE! Fantasy Farm Memorial Guest
Brenda Martin fills us in a little on the 1000 Dollar bill mystery. She writes:
I just came across your website and have
been enjoying the memories of Fantasy Farm. We usually made
several trips a year there during the mid 60's. I remember
collecting these confederate bills on visits to the park. It was
a promotion to increase business at Edgar's auctions. He was
always alert on ways to increase cash flow. We never actually
attended any of the auctions. I will never forget those bills.
The paper they were printed on was very stiff and crinkly and had a
very distinctive odor when they were new. As elementary age kids
just learning about the Civil War, we found them fascinating and used
them for play money. If I come across any from our old stash,
I'll be happy to share pictures. Thanks for the memories!