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Dollar Bank: 1946

Dollar Bank: 1946

March 20, 1946. "Dollar Savings Bank, Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York. Exterior, from right." 5x7 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Sutter Bakery

Though I'm a Brooklynite, I'm pretty sure the building to the right of the bank was Sutter Bakery, an "institution" throughout New York.

Sturdy

Bank buildings of this era look so imposing. Wonder if architects were tasked with creating a structure that conveyed strength, stability, and security.
Today most bank branches look anything but.

Two Things

Every time I see the "Seinfeld" episode where George says he didn't make it to an appointment he had because he had to take his mother to the chiropodist, I always say to myself, I've got to look up what a chiropodist is. Dr. A.J. Waltz finally got me to do it.

Also, is the neighborhood car wash down?

Lineup of sad sedans

Battered and bruised Bronx buggies plus double parking at a bus stop. Note the 1939 Chevrolet coupe can't quite make it in the parking space. When does one quit washing a car? Answer: Enough dents.

Bumper cars

Look at those battered fenders!

Founded in 1890

The bank weathered the Depression, two world wars, and the cold war. It had a near death experience in 1983 before finally going under in 1992. Its main HQ building (I don't think this is it) is on the National Historic Registry.

It was indeed a different time

The three panels along the top read:

If you know how to spend less than you get -- you have the philosopher's stone

Without economy none can be rich ... with it ... few will be poor

Teach economy -- it is one of the first virtues -- it begins with saving money

+75

Other than the scaffolding, a couple trees, vehicles and a new tall neighbor, not much difference.

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