Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cancel for January 19: Austin National Bank

AUSTIN NAT'L BANK,
JAN
19
1899
AUSTIN, MINN.

What's up with this stamp?  Worn out plate?  Pale ink?  Stamp left in the sun or under flourescent light for too long?  What are the explanations for why a stamp might look like this?

In 1887 the Austin State Bank was incorporated by G. Schleuder, F.I. Crane, C.H. Davidson, and R.E. Shepard. In 1889 the Austin National Bank was organized and took over the accounts of the State Bank. Mr. Schleuder was the president of this bank from 1895 to 1898.

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