Monthly Archives: July 2013

What’s new, Oakland?

Some of my earlier posts reference instances when banks were re-chartered with slightly altered names: Coast National Bank of Fort Bragg became Coast National Bank in Fort Bragg, for example. An interesting example of this happened in Oakland, Calif., and … Continue reading

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Stagecoach King of Ohio

We are all very familiar with the story of Ben Holladay and how he became known as the “Stagecoach King.” But did you know there was another man called the “Stagecoach King” long before Holladay had the moniker? His name … Continue reading

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This weekend is Wells Fargo’s anniversary. On July 13, 1852, Wells, Fargo & Company opened for business on Montgomery Street in San Francisco. Pretty close to where our headquarters is today.  In the century and a half (plus!) since, Wells Fargo … Continue reading

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Bank of North America at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

I recently had the chance to visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In collaboration with Wells Fargo, they are conserving a collection of bank materials from the Bank of North America, the first chartered bank in the United States. … Continue reading

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The 4th of July

Guided by History loves the Fourth of July! It’s a holiday for everyone, and its purpose is to have fun—picnics, baseball games, fireworks, swimming, family get-togethers… Good times! So enjoy your long (I hope!) weekend. GBH will be back next … Continue reading

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A toast to Meridian

Working in the Wells Fargo Corporate Archives brings new surprises every day.  While digging through a recently-delivered box of ephemera, I came across two small cardboard boxes that made an unexpected sloshing sound.  I opened them to find two mini-bottles … Continue reading

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