BROOKLYN — Dozens of personal checks — some 150 to 200 years old and signed by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, George Washington and Thomas Edison – have been unearthed by Huntington Bank.
Some of the historic checks, all signed by U.S. presidents, were unveiled Tuesday and are on display at Huntington’s newest branch in Brooklyn. The display is free and open to the public seven days a week until Jan. 31.
The checks had been in storage since 1983 at Huntington’s Columbus headquarters, after Huntington took over Union Commerce Bank and acquired boxes upon boxes of old records.
Only last year did a Huntington employee realize the boxes included personal checks written by a total of 24 presidents and a host of other famous figures, including authors, inventors, composers and community leaders.
Here’s a check by Tommy Jefferson.