Christmas 1971 : The Cloud State Bank

McLeansboro, IL

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The Cloud State Bank woodblock print

The Cloud State Bank woodblock print

The card’s interior

The Cloud State Bank, also known as the People’s National Bank, is located in McLeansboro, Illinois. The building was designated and built from 1880-1882 by Aaron G. Cloud and his son Chalon Cloud. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Frederick Koeper describes the building in Illinois Architecture From Territorial Times to the Present, noting, “Early descriptions of the bank building stress its ‘elegance’. Built of hand-made red brick and fine white limestone, it was finished in walnut, cherry, and wrought iron. The security measures were incomparable and the safe and vault the largest and strongest in Southern Illinois. The clock in the tower, made in Boston, was installed in 1886, and its 800 pound bell could be heard for miles.” The Turners’ full research on the Bank is accessible in their Christmas 1971 note.

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