Cecil B. deMille on a National Bank Note

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The Commercial National Trust and Savings Bank of Los Angeles, CA (#6864) was chartered in 1903 and closed in 1927. It is not a rare bank with 55 notes reported in the census (www.nbncensus.com).  What makes this note particularly rare (one of two known) is the Vice-President who signed the note: Cecil Blount deMille.

Cecil Blount deMille was born August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts. He made his acting debut on stage in New York (1900) and in 1913 formed a partnership with Jesse Lasky and Samuel Goldwyn founding the Lasky Film Company, later known as Paramount Pictures. His film production credits include The King of Kings (Director, 1927), The Ten Commandments (Director, 1923), The Greatest Show on Earth (Producer, 1952), The War of the Worlds (Executive Producer, 1953), The Ten Commandments (Director & Narrator, 1956), and he played himself in Sunset Boulevard (1950). deMille was a co-founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During his career he directed and produced over 80 films.

deMille signed the illustrated note in his capacity as Chairman and Vice-President of motion picture loans for the bank.

LA – Gibsland – 10049

Proof of the Month
by
Peter Huntoon
and
James Hughes
William Choate wanted to see what a note looked like from The First National Bank of Gibsland, Louisiana, a minimally capitalized bank with circulation of $6,250, that operated between 1911 and 1928, from which no notes are reported. Gibsland, a wide spot in the road at the junction of US 80 and state route 154, was made famous on May 23, 1934, when Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker stopped in at Ma Canfield’s café, got sandwiches to go, and headed down highway 154 into an ambush seven miles south of town. They were taken off the FBIs most wanted list in a hail of gunfire from four Texas and two Louisiana lawmen. Thus ended a serious crime spree that wove through the central states. Clyde’s gang robbed banks, but he preferred to stick up gas stations and stores. Gibsland is located 30 miles east of Shreveport along Interstate 20, where you can visit the Bonnie and Clyde museum on the former site of Ma Canfield’s café, or a plaque commemorating the kill 7 miles down the road to the south. There’s nothin’ like goin’ on a serious rampage to launch people to folk hero status and immortality in the good-ol US of A! There’s much more at http://texashideout.tripod.com/bc.htm.

Visit to the Smithsonian (December, 2012)

Every trip to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian contains fantastic surprises. We were able to finish scanning the Small Size Type from the Treasury Collection, which will appear in the Spring of 2013 (Part II of the Treasury Highlights Exhibit).

While looking at some boxes from the Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, one label stood out, “Checks – Famous People.” We scanned a small handful of these checks/drafts signed by the people depicted on U.S. Bank Notes and who are featured in the “Portraits on U.S. Bank Notes” Exhibit http://nationalcurrencyfoundation.org/portraitgallery.html

Almost half of the bios in the exhibit now have an image of a signed check or draft.

Slang for Money

A very quick search of the internet reveals some colorful slang terms for currency (generally paper). Please feel free to add any that have been left out.

ace ($1)

bank

banknote

bankroll

beans

benjamins ($100)

big one ($1000)

bill

bling

bones

bread

bucks

butter

cabbage

cake

capital

cash

change

chedda

chedder

cheese

ching

chips

chump change

clams

c-note

coinage

currency

dead presidents

dinero

do-ray-me

dosh

double sawbuck ($20)

dough

draft

feds

fin ($5)

finances

fiver ($5)

five-spot ($5)

flow

fortune

funding

funds

gelt

gold

grand

gravy

greenbacks

hundies ($100)

jack

jackson ($20)

K ($1000)

kale

king’s ransom

large

lettuce

lolly

long green

loot

lucre

mint

monkey

moola

moolah

note

paper

payola

pelf

pimp juice

quid

readies

resources

sawbuck ($10)

scratch

scrip

sheets

shekels

simoleons

smackers

spondulicks

swag

wad

walth

wampum

wonga

yard ($100)

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Arizona Territory – First National Bank of Tucson

The First National Bank of Tucson, Arizona Territory (#2639) was chartered in 1882 and liquidated less than three years later on January 31, 1885. The bank issued 2,120 sheets of 5-5-5-5 Series of 1875 notes. In 1910, $335 was reported outstanding. There are three notes reported on the bank. The note below, formerly of the Peter Huntoon Collection, is signed by Pinckney Randolph Tully (President) and Barron Marc Jacobs (Cashier).
Pinckney Randolph Tully was born in 1824 in Missouri. He raised live stock and eventually opened Tully & Ochoa in 1864, a wagon freight company based in New Mexico. In 1882 he was co-founder and president of the FNB Tucson. Tully also served as Treasurer of Arizona Territory, and was Treasurer, City Councilman, and Mayor of Tucson.