This antique pressed steel advertising desk clip was made to promote The Exchange National Bank of Spokane which was organized in 1889 and operated until early 1929. During its existence, this bank was one of the major financial institutions of the Inland Empire and was regarded as the second largest bank in Spokane.
The bank itself was involved in many facets of financial and business operations beyond commercial lending. It was a pioneer full-service bank, offering a savings department, home loans, escrow, trusts, investment subsidiary, and other services. It was, ironically, these special activities which eventually spelled the doom of the bank. More and more special loans, most of a capital investment nature, were made in the 1920s and the bank began to become involved in the operation and overseeing of other businesses. And then came the 1929 stock market crash at about the same time the bank saw its demise.
Luckily for us, this old early 1900s advertising clip remains. It's made of pressed steel and is embossed with the bank's logo which features a medical caduceus and the words...THE EXCHANGE NATIONAL BANK -SPOKANE - SECURITY - GOOD SERVICE - SAFETY FIRST. The back of the clip is stamped with the maker's name...F.H. NOBLE & CO. - CHICAGO.
These clips were made to keep your papers neat on a desk or you could hang it on the wall (there's a hole on the back) to clip important notes.
The clip is etched with raised lettering. It measures 2 3/8 by 2 3/8 inches. The clip shows some age tarnish to metal. We don't polish off the old patina. The clip spring is tight and secure. This is a great early bank advertising piece...and it's useful too.
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