Author Archives: Steven Greenstein

Steven Greenstein

About Steven Greenstein

I am a Museum Assistant at the Wells Fargo History Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Do the Math

August is efficiency month! Efficiency has been a “buzzword” used quite a bit recently, almost too much, but the concept of being more efficient has been around for hundreds of years. Mathematical calculations have definitely been something that inventors have … Continue reading

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How do we store information?

One of the most trying times in Wells Fargo Bank’s history was perhaps just after Isaias Hellman took over, when the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire leveled thousands of San Francisco buildings. In the era before electronic records, paper … Continue reading

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Maurice and Ida

Here is another post from Nelson Baltazar. Maurice Peairs and Ida: The Boy Who Used Wells Fargo’s Express Service Wells Fargo’s legendary express service was known for its rapid and reliable mail and package delivery, however, Wells Fargo also shipped … Continue reading

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Knocking, and Rapping, and Tapping… Oh My!

Kenia Galaviz is a Museum Assistant in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelors in History and Creative Writing from UCR, where she helped found an organization dedicated to assisting foster youth. She speaks Spanish fluently and is currently tackling a … Continue reading

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First Fridays in Philadelphia

Tomorrow is Friday, but not just any Friday, its First Friday!! This year, the Philadelphia Wells Fargo History Museum has joined the long standing tradition of opening late and doing something special. We want these events to serve as an … Continue reading

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The ATM

Until the 1970’s, banking had to be done at the bank, during business hours. If you needed cash at other times, you were probably out of luck. Many businesses would take a personal check, but to write one was time … Continue reading

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Mary Roebling

Women have always been an integral part of Wells Fargo and its predecessor institutions. In 1937, just two decades after women gained the right to vote, Mary Roebling rose to be chairwoman and president of the Trenton Trust Company, a … Continue reading

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A bowling ball strikes out on its own with Wells Fargo

Mandi is the Curator at the Wells Fargo History Museum in Philadelphia, where she has been since being hired as a Museum Assistant in 2013. Mandi received an M.A. in Public History from Rutgers University where she focused on social … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony

This month is Susan B Anthony’s Birthday. In 1979, Anthony was the first woman to be depicted on United States coinage—previous coins had “female” stereotypes, but not actual women. Many of you have probably seen the Susan B. Anthony dollar, … Continue reading

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Order in the Chaos of World War One: Wells Fargo in Europe

On June 28, 1914, the archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, is killed in Sarajevo by a terrorist. This however is seen as an act of war, and within quick succession, battle lines are drawn. France, Great Britain and … Continue reading

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