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The E-Sylum: Volume 19, Number 51, December 18, 2016, Article 17

THOSE “SOFT HUNDRED DOLLAR BILLS”

Greg Ruby's blog The Fourth Garrideb - Numismatics of Sherlock Holmes republished an interesting article from a 1910 issue of Banker's Magazine which was itself a reprint from the New York Sun. And here we are republishing it yet again. Thanks to Greg for adding the nice illustration.

Lots of hidden gems like this await researchers and are just a click away with the Newman Numismatic Portal. See the link below to read the original, or perform a search on your own favorite topics. -Editor

$100 note from the First National Bank of Danville, Illinois
A “soft” $100 note from the First National Bank of Danville, Illinois

“The request for an ‘old soft hundred dollar bill’ has become so frequent of late,” said the ladies teller in an uptown bank, “that I made so bold as to ask a friendly depositor what this feminine craze for shabby hundred dollar bills stood for.

“’All your hundred dollar bill ladies have autos, I suppose?’ she said. I admitted that most of them had.

“’Most of them have country places within easy motoring distance?’ was her next question. I thought a minute and said that many of them were semi-suburbanites.

“She then went on to say that if I was any kind of a Sherlock Holmes I’d be able to put these facts together and see that suburban living often necessitate rapid motoring; that this meant arrest and that bail was a good thing to have on hand. An extra hundred dollar bill, closely wadded and pinned under a cushion of the machine was fairly safe from theft and often saved the situation. A new bill is too crisp for pinning and is apt to rustle when touched. The old bill’s just the thing for tucking away in a card case or vanity bag or pinning in some pocket of the machine. ‘Quite safe, but effective,’ was the way she summed up the bailing virtues of the shabby hundred dollar bill.” – New York Sun

To read the Fourth Garrideb article, see:
Those “Soft Hundred Dollar Bills” (1910) (http://fourthgarrideb.com/2016/11/those-soft-hundred-dollar-bills-1910/)

To read the Banker's Magazine article, see:
The Bankers Magazine [vol. 81] (https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/520281?page=998)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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