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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Nineteenth Ward Bank: 1908

Nineteenth Ward Bank: 1908

        The idea behind the 19th Ward Bank, run by the Provident Loan Society, has been described as "a government-approved pawnshop for the indigent." The building, designed by William Ralph Emerson (cousin of Ralph Waldo), survives largely intact.

New York circa 1908. "19th Ward Bank, 72nd Street Branch." A curiously teensy bank scaled like a cemetery monument. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Provident Loan Society

New York Times article here.

Money Mausoleum

Where cash goes to die.

The Rich And Famous

The building still stands and when Googling The Provident Loan Society, they list a branch at 180 East 72 St. So it's still be there albeit with a slightly different number. The block can't have too many indigents residing there, it is one of, if not the most expensive streets in the city. Our Mayor Bloomberg, high up on the list of World Billionaires lives on East 72nd Street about a block or so further east.

["Slightly different number"? The bank's address has always been 180 East 72nd. - Dave]

Still there. Not as nice anymore

Here it is. Still there.

 
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