Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wall Street, New York City

This linen postcard view of Wall Street credits "Photo by Keystone," but it has been stylized so much that it looks more like an illustration. It was mailed in 1942 with a 1¢ defense stamp and a postmark urging one to "Buy Defense Savings Bonds and Stamps." The sender wrote "P.S. Too tired to write a message."

More informative is the description on the back:

Wall Street derived its name from the wall built by Peter Syuyvesant in 1653 to defend New Amsterdam at this point. It is now the foremost financial center in the world and the most powerful banks and brokers have their headquarters here.
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