Museum of American Finance2009-02-18


The Bank of New York had its corporate headquarters in 3 different buildings on the site of 48 Wall St. from the mid 19th century until 1999.    The second building, built in 1927, remains and the main banking floor was recently converted into the new home of the Museum of Finance (

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Prior to the Civil War, the US government only issued coin, not paper money.   Paper money was issued by private banks, and as you can imagine paper money backed by the creditworthiness of banks led to problems.    Here, the Bank of New York issued 1, 2, and 3 dollar bills in the 1840s.



Does this sound familiar?  

Headline from October 28, 1929,

1 day before the 'big' crash.
















Left:  At one time bills as high as $100,000 were printed.

Right:  Mechanical ticker tape telegraph machine just as you would see in old movies and the Addams Family.




Bond that financed the Brooklyn Bridge, 1867.   

The 'City of New York' was just Manhattan;

Brooklyn was a separate city.


















1942 Children's War Bond campaign.

   These were actual bonds.

















Left: Copy of Buttonwood agreement that led to the founding of the New York Stock Exchange in 1792 on Broad Street outside of the current NYSE building - under, of course, a buttonwood tree.

Right:   A bond to help finance the Lousiana Purchase, 1803




Even Houdiniís movie studio issue stock, 1921.





Even Buffalo Billís traveling show

issued stock.


















Bank of New York private

banking floor, now the museum.














A very solemn cultural activity - The 9/11 World Trade Center Tribute Exhibit2009-02-24


In advance of the 9/11 memorial that is finally under construction, a small visitors center has opened on the south side of Ground Zero on Liberty St. (


Left: WTC structural component.     Right: Airplane window from one of the two planes; not clear if it was determined which plane and which window.





Left: uniform recovered of one of the 343 firefighters; the name is known but I'd didn't make a note of.    The reflection of the protective case just happens to capture other images from the exhibit.

Right:  Menu from "Windows of the World" bar/restaurant which was on the 110th floor of the north tower.




Personal effects of Al Braca, one of the Cantor Fitzgerald employees.    As the captain explains, much of the debris was bulk loaded into trucks and barges and then sorted through at the Fresk Kills sight in Staten Island.




A 'share your experience' wall, most with the types of comments you would expect, but this one I spotted was quite chlling.



As for looking to the future at the site, construction is well under way on the memorial and Freedom Tower, the latter of which has some construction that has past street level.    I've been stopping by every 3 or 4 months to photograph progress.


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