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Broken banks - defaulting cashiers - negligent directors - who is responsible?

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A police officer holds Oscar L. Baldwin, cashier at the Mechanics' National Bank in Newark, by the shoulder while Baldwin, using "Speculation Soap Suds," blows a soap bubble labeled "500,000 Paid in Capital" and "Surplus Fund $400,000" that drips money into a top hat in front of many old men labeled "Bank Director" and investors entering on the right, in the background. At his feet are papers labeled "Cooked Statement." Puck gestures toward the old men and suggests the police officer consider arresting them as well. Caption: Puck to Representative of the Law--"You have got the thief - now take the men who let him steal the money of the trusting depositors."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Saving and investment; Banks and banking; Swindlers and swindling; Scapegoat; Blame; Police; Bubbles; Baldwin, Oscar L.

Date: 1881-11-09

"Blaine will be vindicated in November" -- N. Y. Tribune

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James G. Blaine, dressed like a Roman statesman, stands on a pedestal that states, "What are you going to do about it," a phrase attributed to Boss Tweed. The ghost of Tweed stands behind Blaine, weeping, holding a paper that states, "Why wasn't I vindicated? I cast my anchor windward too!!" At the base of the pedestal are books and papers, some labeled, "20 Years Casting My Anchor to Windward," "Burn this," and "20 Years No Deadhead." Whitelaw Reid stands at center, appealing to Blaine. On the left are various bank officers who committed crimes and got caught. Some hold papers that state, "I saw various channels in which I could be useful. President Dodd, Bank Breaker," "I cast an anchor to windward in the Marine Bank. J. D. Fish, Bank Breaker," "I would 'sacrifice a great deal to get a settlement' Captain Howgate, U. S. A., Defaulter," "I did not prove a deadhead in the enterprise. A. S. Warner, Albion Bank Breaker," "I received very large sums of money without one dollar of expense. Ferdinand Ward, Swindler." Albert S. Warner was President of The First National Bank of Albion; Henry W. Howgate was a Disbursing Officer in the U. S. Signal Service. Caption: Chorus of Non-Magnetic Swindlers - "Why shouldn't we be vindicated, too? We saw various channels in which we could be useful. We were no deadheads."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Criminals; Banks and banking; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Ward, Ferdinand De Wilton, 1851-1925; Tweed, William Marcy, 1823-1878; Fish, James Dean, 1819-1912

Date: 1884-09-24

Scientists assert that all diseases can be prevented by inoculation

Description:

Puck stands on a stack of bound Puck volumes between a row of people on the left identified as a "Bank President, Cashier, Teller, Clerk, [and] Janitor" as well as a scrub-woman and an office boy, and a row of known criminals on the right identified as "Scott, O. L. Baldwin, F. Ward, J. D. Fish, H. W. Howgate, [and] Eno," and Fredericka Mandelbaum identified as "M." Between the two rows are bottles of "Virus from Thieving Office-Boy, Light-Fingered Scrub-Woman, Defaulting Bank Cashier, Receiver of Stolen Goods, [and] Corruptible Janitor," "Lymph from Swindling Bank President [and] Embezzling Bank Clerk," and "Vaccine from Speculating Bank Teller." O. L. Baldwin was a cashier at the Mechanics' National Bank in Newark, Henry W. Howgate (1834-1901) was a Disbursing Officer in the U. S. Signal Service, and Fredericka Mandelbaum was a known fence for stolen property. Caption: "Now, my friends, step right up and be vaccinated for all forms of disease to which bank officials are liable!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Criminals; Vaccination; Banks and banking; Ward, Ferdinand De Wilton, 1851-1925; Mandelbaum, Fredericka, 1818-1894; Fish, James Dean, 1819-1912

Date: 1885-06-24

A puzzling feature of the new prosperity

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A farmer and a laborer visit a "Savings Bank." The farmer, who looks prosperous, is depositing money; while the laborer, who looks depressed, is making a withdrawal. Caption: The farmer is all right, - but the laborer is finding that it costs him more money to live.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Wealth; Farmers; Working class; Saving and investment; Banks and banking

Date: 1897-09-15

Checks from Theodore Roosevelt

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Personal checks belonging to Governor Roosevelt from New York State National Bank. Checks have an orange documentary stamp from US Internal Revenue with various amounts written out. Three of the checks have Roosevelt's signature.

Resource Type: Other

Subject: Banks and banking, American; Checks; Finance, Personal; Payment; First National City Bank of New York

Date: 1899-1900

Letter from Nettie Gluckauf to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Nettie Gluckauf claims that her family is being cheated out of a building they own due to a few missed rent payments. The building has been foreclosed upon and is set to be sold on September 5. However, Gluckauf doesn't trust the lender's accounting and requests Vice President Roosevelt's advice on how to handle the situation.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Foreclosure; Mortgage loans; Bank loans--Corrupt practices; Finance, Personal; Banks and banking; New York (State)--New York--Corona

Date: 1901-08-31

Letter from John J. McCook to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

The bank directors considered the appointment of George R. Bidwell but selected Edwin Gould, who is a board member and very large stock holder in the bank.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Banks and banking; Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Bidwell, George R.; Gould, Edwin, 1866-1933

Date: 1901-11-02

Letter from Bartlett S. Johnston to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Bartlett S. Johnston sends an extract of a letter from "a prominent New York banker" who expresses his opinion that President Roosevelt will not antagonize the managers of the Republican party because he wants a "real nomination for the Presidency." Therefore, Roosevelt will nominate a "safe" man to succeed Secretary Gage.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Business and politics; Cabinet officers--Selection and appointment; Presidents--Nomination; Banks and banking; United States. Department of the Treasury. Office of the Secretary; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Gage, Lyman J. (Lyman Judson), 1836-1927

Date: 1901-12-26

Memorandum regarding the application of the International Banking Corporation

Description:

Secretary Root has received the application of the International Banking Corporation to serve as fiscal agent of the federal government in the Far East.

Resource Type: Memorandum

Subject: Banks and banking, International--Government policy; East Asia; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937; Holls, Frederick William, 1857-1903

Date: 1901-12-27

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Thomas R. Procter

Description:

President Roosevelt asks Thomas R. Procter to provide information regarding a rumored questionable transaction by Ellis H. Roberts, the Treasurer of the United States.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Banks and banking--Corrupt practices; Roberts, Ellis H. (Ellis Henry), 1827-1918

Date: 1901-12-31

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