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the start of the ATM

Today is the 2nd day of the 45th week, the 8th day of the 11th month, the 312th day of 2021, and:
  • Abet and Aid Punsters Day
  • Cook Something Bold Day
  • Fill Our Staplers Day
  • Intersex Day of Solidarity
  • National Ample Time Day
  • National Cappuccino Day
  • National Dunce Day
  • National Harvey Wallbanger Day
  • National Parents as Teachers Day
  • National STEM Day
  • Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day
  • Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers of Heaven
  • World Orphans Day
  • World Pianist Day
  • World Town Planning Day
  • X-ray Day
Quote of the day:
"We think we know our own life, but what we know is only an edited version, colored by our emotions and narrow vision. How close can we come to the original draft?"
~ Gregg Krech, “Naikan Therapy” 

A Harvey Wallbanger is a mixed drink, but that is not what I think about when I hear about it.

Back in the late 1960’s, cash machines  [ATMs as we call them now] were introduced to the banking world so folks could have access to their money when bank branches were closed.  You see, back in those days, you had to have enough cash on hand and banks were only open during the week and branches closed at 2 PM every day with a brief opening on Friday nights from about 4 PM to 9 PM.  Not every bank nor every branch would be open on Saturday mornings but when they were, they closed at noon.  So getting to your money for unexpected expenditures could be difficult.  In addition, not many trusted direct deposit, so getting money into your account so you could pay bills was also an issue.

But people were reluctant to trust their deposits and withdrawals to a machine, hence banks embarked on a publicity barrage.  One bank I worked for had signs with arrows pointing to the branch stating “Full-sized tellers this way” and arrows pointing to the ATM stating “Tiny tellers this way”.  A bank in Canada called their machines “Johnny Cash” although I don’t know what the Country & Western singer thought about that.  In Maryland, we were introduced to “Harvey Wallbanker”   A very British butler image was painted around the ATMs, with the machine being his waistcoat and ads produced with Harvey offering to be of service to customers.  The last one was replaced after about two years



Did personalizing the machines assist in their adoption?  Who knows, but we never would’ve guessed back then just how ubiquitous the ATM would become
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