National Note Chronicles #1
Author: Sam Shafer   -   Wednesday May 30, 2018

I have found I really enjoy buying and selling national bank notes. Whenever I get a new one I always take a few mins to learn the history of where it came from. This one comes from the city of Lewiston located in southeastern Maine, which is now the second largest city in Maine. Located on the Androscoggin river, it became an industrial city around the time of the Civil War. By the time this note was made in the early 1900's Lewiston was a powerhouse of industry and considered to be the wealthiest city in Maine. Of course the wealth was constrasted by the stark working conditions that had to be endured by even young children. Imagine having to send grade schoolers to work in these dangerous factories day after day sometimes up to 60 hours a week. The money they earned was sometimes a few cents per day. It would have taken children months of hard labor to earn this $10 note. I have included some photos of Lewiston child laborers and they are rather haunting. In 1914 the Manufacturer's National Bank was constructed on the corner of Lisbon and Ash. It loomed 7 stories in the classic revival style. As was the case in Lewiston, opulence constrasted poverty. It was the tallest building in Lewiston and still exists to this day. It is now the office of a law firm. Seeing the very building these notes were dispersed in is very cool! This note is considered to be a $10 picture back from the 1902 series. Most of these notes were destroyed or turned in long ago. There are only reported to be around 50 of the 1902 $10's still floating around. This is one of them and it is for sale for $̶2̶2̶5̶ SOLD

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