Punch,  31 (1856), 148.

A Bank of Character

A Bumpass, Provisional Manager


Reportage, Spoof


Phrenology, Commerce, Human Species, Providence, Morality

    Noting the public's need for a more satisfactory means of gauging the trustworthiness of bankers, announces the formation of the 'Phrenological Banking Company' whose directors will 'consist of individuals whose Heads are highly developed in the moral and intellectual regions'. Adds that casts of the bankers' heads will be displayed next to those of criminals to emphasise the trustworthy phrenological features of the bankers. Interprets the notorious baldness of bankers to be 'a provision of Nature' for helping determine the virtues of somebody to whom one is entrusting large sums of money.

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