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German-American Bank. Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, MO, 1986

Titles with Limited Runs

This section provides information on a selected group of banking journals that were either short-lived or for which the Library of Congress has only limited holdings. These journals are illustrative of some of the contemporary conditions and factors influencing the industry at the time of their publication.

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German-American Bank. Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, MO, 1986.
Forms part of: Historic American Buildings Survey
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
Reproduction Number: HABS MO,11-SAJOE,8--7 (CT)

Following each title, there is a brief description of the content, as well as the call number, all title changes and their LC catalog record numbers, and a summary of the holdings located in the general collections at the time of this review in 2013. Note that these holdings may differ somewhat from the holdings reported on the Library of Congress catalog records..

Bank Reformer
LC Catalog Record Number: 30019176

Bank Reformer was published in Petersburg, Virginia to discuss banking and currency reform, the principles of honest banking, and fraudulent practices. Its publisher and editor, Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865), was a notable agriculturalist who became a prominent secessionist.

Online access to no. 1 (1841:Sept. 4) is available through the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 3.

No.1-no.6 (1841:Sept. 4-1842:Feb. 5)

Portrait of Mr. Edmund Ruffin, [ca. 1860 and 1865]
Portrait of Mr. Edmund Ruffin,  [between ca. 1860 and 1865]

Confidential Banker
LC Call Number: HG1501.C75
LC Catalog Record: ca09006246

Confidential Banker is replete with notices of positions wanted, banking opportunities, and of businesses and property for sale - ranging from mercantile businesses to oak counters to land. It also carries news of conventions and activities of members of the banking fraternity, as well as the publisher's commentaries.

Holdings with Title Changes
v.2:no1-v.4:no.12 (1906:Mar.-1908:Dec.), v.5:no.1-v.6:no.2 (1909:Mar.-1910:Apr.)

Hoisington Bank Reporter
LC Call number: HG1501.H65
LC Catalog Record: sv92001714

The Hoisington Bank Reporter, published in Kansas City, Missouri, reports in detail on banks, bank finances and bank changes, bank stocks, and the history and health of banking in various regions of the country. It also includes reports on a variety of topics, such as the copper supply, railroads, agricultural crop conditions, bank robberies and forgeries. The publication includes numerous illustrated advertisements of bank equipment and furniture or the time.
v.1:no.1-v.2:no.12 (1889:Apr.-1890:Mar.) Below:
Modern Invention Foils Bank Robber, 1922
Two men posing as bandits being foiled in a fake bank robbery as the teller causes a curtain of steel to separate him from the bandit, at the same time spraying his face with a chemical which temporarily blinds him. Demonstration at the National Bank of Washington, D.C.

International Banker
LC Call Number: HG1501.I5
LC Catalog Record: 26018225

Published in Los Angeles, International Banker was committed to developing world finance and banking. It features articles on marketable goods, numerous industries, financial centers, business and economic conditions throughout the world, foreign and international securities, gold and silver, transportation and shipping, and individual countries.

v.1:no.1-v.3:no.3 (1922:June-1924:May)

United States Banker
LC Call number: HG1501.U6
LC Catalog Record: unk83022213

Despite its brief run, United States Banker published substantial feature articles on significant economic developments of that time, as well as about the Federal Reserve, money markets, foreign trade, and legal cases relevant to banking.
v.1:no.1-v.3:no.4 (1928:Apr.-1929:July) Below:
Christmas Tree in PNC Bank Building,
Christmas tree in the historic PNC Bank Building, formerly Bank of America, and Riggs National Bank, at the corner 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
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