Purchase; Don C. Kelly; 2012.
Signed banknote issued by the Manual Labor Bank for $100. Dr. Thomas W. Dyott, whose portrait is featured on the note in the upper right, was a dealer in patent medicines in Philadelphia where he also established a glassmaking factory. A pictorial vignette of glassblowers at work in a factory is featured in upper center of note.
The Manual Labor Bank was a short-lived venture and failed in 1839. Supposedly, Dyott would not redeem the notes and was temporarily imprisoned for fraud.
"TW Dyott" --
signed in ink on lower right corner of note.
printed in ink as bearer of note.
No. "506" --
printed in ink on upper left corner of note.
The central figure in the vignette is dressed in a white collared shirt and, among paper money collectors, is said to resemble Elvis Presley who was born about a century later, in 1935.