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You Can Bank On These

Marty Sagendorf grew up in Westport. His family lived here — first on Richmondville, then Washington Avenue — from 1949 to ’75. His father, Bud, drew Popeye for newspapers and comic books.

The other day, while looking through some of his dad’s collections, Martin found bank stock certificates, deposit slips and checks — from the mid-1800s.

A Saugatuck Bank stock certificate, for $100, from 1855.

A Saugatuck Bank stock certificate for $100, from 1855.

They look a lot more serious — and confidence-inspiring — than the flimsy deposit slips and rainbow-colored, cat-festooned checks we use today.

Saugatuck Bank deposit slip for $25, from 1856.

A Saugatuck Bank deposit slip for $25, from 1856.

The names of the financial institutions — Saugatuck Bank, 1st National Bank of Westport — draw us back to a time when bank presidents (with names like Horace Staples) were pillars of the community.

When you secured a loan with a handshake.

And when — to use Westport Bank & Trust’s slogan — our town was filled with hometown banks, in a town of homes.

A $125 bank check, from First National Bank of Westport to Fourth National Bank of New York.

A $125 bank check, from First National Bank of Westport to Fourth National Bank of New York.

What’s in your wallet?

Or attic.