A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 10, 2012
“If money doesn’t grow on trees, why do banks have branches?”

“Money doesn’t grow on trees” is a popular financial proverb from at least the early 19th century. “If money doesn’t grow on trees, why do banks have so many branches?” was featured in many newspapers in 1967 as a “Today’s Chuckle.” The anti-proverb is still included in many joke lists.


17 August 1967, Cedar Parids (IA) Gazette, pg. 1, col. 3:
Today’s Chuckle
If money doesn’t grow on trees, why do banks have so many branches?

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968.
Pg. 62:
If money doesn’t grow on trees, why do the banks continue to sprout branches?

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December 1997, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 61, col. 2:
Father: Son, why do you want so many expensive things for your birthday? Don’t you know money doesn’t grow on trees?
Son: Well, if money doesn’t grow on trees, why do banks have branches?
— Jared White, Jacksonville, Fla.

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February 2008, Boys’ Life, pg. 52, col. 2:
Warped Wiseman wonders: “If Tom money doesn’t grow on trees, then why do banks have branches?”
Ethan Hobson, Boulder, Colo.

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So? Whatever!: 365 Laughs and Devotionals
By Charles Jones and Mary Crisp
Bloomington, IN: CrossBoooks
2010
Pg. 100:
A mom was grocery shopping with her young son and the boy kept picking up things that were not on her grocery list. Frustrated, she finally said, “You know you cannot have everything you want. Money doesn’t grow on trees!” The young boy looked up at his mom and inquired, “If money doesn’t grow on trees, why do banks have branches?”

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DonOfNYC
05-24-2012 09:31 PM
If money doesn’t grow on trees, then why do banks have branches?
Does anyone have an answer to this?

MichaelJ
05-24-2012 09:35 PM
Money is made from trees, well they were, Tender is a type of paper and paper comes from trees
In Canada, our bills are plastic, so technically here it doesnt grow on trees
And another term for branch is splitting into more subdivisions which is why banks are called branches, they are branches of there main bank. 

Posted by Barry Popik
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