Friday, July 6, 2018

Wallet Card at the site of one of this year's Topps Heritage Inserts

This year's Topps Heritage set has an insert card in the "News Flashback" set with an event that took place on Long Island. Other than Revolutionary War battles and LI Ducks cards, I can't think of any other baseball cards with a Long Island mention. I don't have this card and would be interested in trading for it - card is number NF-7.
The back of the card reads, "The first of what is now millions of Automated Teller Machines opened for business in the U.S. on September 2, 1969 in Rockville Centre, New York. Chemical Bank boasted that because of what was then called its "Docoteller", that it "will open at 9:00 and never close again."

However, the photo in the picture is not in Rockville Centre and not even in a Chemical Bank! Here is the full photo, which as you can see was in a First National City (Citibank). This was the first ATM in New York City, at the bank's headquarters at 399 Park Avenue. Here is the full photo.

Here is the Citibank at 399 Park today.

Chemical Bank is now Chase and the bank in Rockville Centre has been remodeled since 1969, with the original ATM long gone. Here is what that bank looks like today.

1 comment:

  1. That's very interesting, thanks for posting the original picture that goes with the card. I enjoy your wallet card tours through places like this-especially ones that are captured on cardboard. Bummer you didn't have that specific card to bring to the site of the first ATM!