DANGERS OF PAPER MONEY – interesting story from the past


Interesting Newspaper Article

from the Birmingham Iron Age May 28, 1874

A recent number of a “health journal” says: “One of the strongest arguments against the paper currency now in circulation is that it spreads disease. Thousands of persons annually die from small pox taken from money, that passes through their hands.”

Workers wetting sheets prior to printing paper money at the Bureau of Engraving & Printing 1895 (Library of Congress)

This is dreadful, and after reading it I feel disposed never to touch another dollar of the money again. But other people are different. I know that the statement will appear incredible, I know people will scoff at the assertion, I am aware that I make myself liable to charge of frightful mendacity, and yet it is an absolute truth that I can lay my hand on a reckless dare-devil of a man who will stuff his clothes with all the paper money he can get and take his chances with the epidemic.

Workers grinding and processing the ink used to print paper money at the Bureau of Engraving & Printing 1895 (Benjamin Johnston, Library of Congress)

It may seem strange that such foolhardiness should exist, and yet this man of mine would indulge in it if he had a chance. Some men are born so that they can face death without a shudder. (Max Adeler)

Office of U.S. Treasurer, Mrs. Brown, expert in identifying burned and mutilated paper money received for redemption, [1914] (Library of Congress)

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

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