Friday Funny: Banking by Mail

Banking by Mail- American Jewish Outlook, 25 Aug 1950, Vol. 32, No. 17, Page 15. Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.
Banking by Mail- American Jewish Outlook, 25 Aug 1950, Vol. 32, No. 17, Page 15. Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project.

I had just deposited a check via the computer I carry in my pocket (my cell phone)- as Nikola Tesla predicted in 1926- and sat down to do a little research. The ‘Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project’ is full of interesting stories and ads, and they are very kind to let us publish the articles from the paper- in fact, they are very pleased that the stories are being made even more accessible and shared!

When I came upon this ad, it struck home since I had just made a deposit in another new-fangled way. Published a bit before I was born, we sure have come a long way from having a long relationship with our tellers and bankers face-to-face. I know that Edith (Roberts) [McMurray] Luck did not trust banking by mail, and much preferred to say hello to a human as she deposited a check. Of course, when Social Security decided to do direct deposit, she had to conform in some respects. She was sad to not have at least held those checks in her hands for a moment. She was also sad that mail banking (and now mobile banking) takes jobs away from our neighbors, and removes another human interaction from our lives. She sure saw a lot of changes in her 83 years, having been born in 1899. I can see her pursed lips and the shaking of her head were she to see how we can view our accounts online on a computer or phone, and how we don’t need to take a passbook in to have it stamped with our deposit amount.

Although at times a Luddite, I will admit that mobile banking sure is a convenience.


Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Image source as in caption.
  2. “Nikola Tesla’s Incredible Predictions For Our Connected World,” by Matt Novak, 1/06/15,


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