Day 851

Two more former names

April 29th, 2014

This view of the old Port Richmond National Bank reveals some of the institution's later history. The fading sign painted on the wall boasts that auto banking — I assume that means drive-through banking — is available at Staten Island National Bank, which is what Port Richmond National was renamed in 1926. (As recently as last year, "Staten Island National Bank & Trust Company" was still visible on the frieze of the building addition seen in the previous photo.) Meanwhile, the ghost letters on the horizontal band running across the building between the first and second floors read "Chase Manhattan Bank"; Staten Island National merged with Chase in 1957.

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