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The Kind Father Drinks: 1906

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "Lincoln Savings Bank." An interesting sampling of signage here, including the second appearance on Shorpy in recent weeks of an advertisement for Capt. Woodward's trained seals. View full size.

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "Lincoln Savings Bank." An interesting sampling of signage here, including the second appearance on Shorpy in recent weeks of an advertisement for Capt. Woodward's trained seals. View full size.


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Lincoln Building

Louisville Courier-Journal, June 30, 1906.

Bids Opened by Executive Committee.

Bids were opened yesterday by the Executive Committee of the Lincoln Savings Bank for the construction of their new building at the intersection of Fourth avenue and Market street. The bids were general in their specifications and called for everything except the foundations, steel work, elevators and hardware. The committee now has the bids under consideration and the awards will probably be made to-day. About a dozen contractors entered the competition, a large number of whom were local. A member of the Building Committee said yesterday that the policy in making the award would be to give it to a local builder if possible. The structural steel work is being done by the Snead Architectural Iron Works. The foundation was in charge of the National Concrete Construction Company. The building will cost in the neighborhood of $250,000.

Louisville Courier-Journal, May 2, 1907.

New B. And O.S.W. Passenger Offices.

After an occupancy of thirty-eight years at offices at the southwest corner of Fourth avenue and Main street, the ticket offices of the B. and O.S.W. railroad were transferred yesterday to the handsome new Lincoln Savings bank building at Fourth avenue and Market street. The new quarters are on the ground floor of the building and occupy the entire northwest corner. They are fitted up with every convenience known to the modern passenger ticket office, including steel ticking filing cases. All the fittings are of mahogany.

Louisville Courier-Journal, July 29, 1907.


The fifteen-story, fireproof, bank and office building of the Lincoln Savings Bank, having been completed, and the bank having moved into its permanent quarters therein on the ground floor, Market street side, the public is cordially invited to call and inspect both the bank and the building.

The bank will keep open Saturday evenings from 6 to 8 o'clock for savings deposits. Your deposits are solicited.

The site is still occupied by a bank but the building has been replaced by one far less handsome.

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Lousy Slogan!

Couldn't the Louisville Herald come up with a better slogan than THAT?

Probably tastes a bit like like Budweiser

That obscured sign had me stumped for a while. Beechwood stumped.
The sign on the front of the building says:

Beechwood Whiskey

Alarm bell in foreground


I sure locked eyes with that item too. Looks like perhaps a bell is inside that pole attachment. Might be a fire, or perhaps since it is outside a bank, for an exterior hold-up alarm? Heaven knows, with interest rates like these at Lincoln Savings across the street I would want my money protected at 3rd National as the place across the street looks a little shady.

Re: Cheep Electricity

That looks to me, to be an alarm bell in its housing. It is on the pole so that it sounds over a larger area then it would if placed on the front of a building.

Seeking a Fourth

There have been a zillion First National Banks of (insert name of any town). Philadelphia had the Second National Bank.

We have finally found the Third, right across the street from Lincoln. It's probably the predecessor of today's Fifth Third Bank, which is headquartered just over the river in Ohio.

But where is Fourth?

A penny for your thoughts

Lincoln Savings Bank has "temporary quarters" - would that be like wooden nickels?

Cheep electricity

I'm sure that is not what it is, but sure looks like a bird house on that power pole in the foreground!

Points of Interest

I remember back in the 1970s getting my first bank savings account (maybe 13 years old?), and it had 6 percent interest. I was thoroughly unimpressed.

Now, we see ads on Shorpy* from American Express screaming about a "high yield" savings account that pays a whopping 0.9 percent. I keep thinking, "who the heck would invest their money and be happy with 0.9 percent?" But I guess it's a sign of the times.

*Of course, I often visit Shorpy's fine sponsors to show my appreciation for Dave and crew.

High-Class Vaudeville

Appearing at Fontaine Ferry, "The Park Beautiful": Woodward's Seals, Free Band Concert, Trio DeLaur.

Lincoln Savings Bank - 3% interest

on a passbook savings account! Today, they might give you 0.2 percent for a statement account.

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