Depositors greeted by locked doors at the Erie National Bank, Sixth and Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 1931.
flipFlip to Bank president Major Richard R. Wright standing in front of the Citizens and Southern Bank, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1940.
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Customers stand outside the locked doors of the back, reading a sign on one of the doors.

Credit: Courtesy of Temple University, Urban Archives, Philadelphia, Pa.

During the early years of the Great Depression, runs on deposits forced the closure of hundreds of banks throughout Pennsylvania. Allentown lost six of its ten banks. In Philadelphia more than fifty banks, most of them small, also failed, taking with them all of their depositors" savings.

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