From Butch Cassidy to Bonnie and Clyde, bank robbers have always had a pop culture mystique. But bank robberies are no Hollywood storyline for bank employees and customers, whose safety and even lives are put at risk when a robber holds up a bank branch. In Indiana in the 1920s, bankers took the protection of their banks into their own hands.
By John Steele Gordon As a thoroughfare, Wall Street is unimpressive. Narrow and just six…
How Jefferson’s skepticism about central banking was woven into the fabric of the U.S. financial regulatory system.
On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, architecture critics Catesby Leigh and Anthony Paletta debate and illuminate two great traditions in U.S. bank design: classicism and modernism.
By John Steele Gordon Before there could be bank buildings, there had to be banks,…
In the 20th century, banks used sophisticated modern design to signal transparency and openness.
Beyond symbolizing security, classical bank design illustrated the connection of prudent finance and civic virtue.
Now and at the turn of the 20th century, the Morgan name and brand were preeminent in American finance.
Historian Shennette Garrett-Scott tells the story of Maggie Lena Walker and her mission to help Black women find financial empowerment and professional career opportunities.
On this Presidents Day bonus episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Amity Shlaes discusses Calvin Coolidge’s personal and professional background, relationships with banks and bankers and how these shaped his economic policy in the 1920s.