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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 02, 2006
“You have a friend at Chase Manhattan” (Chase Manhattan)
The Chase Manhattan Bank had a popular slogan during the 1960s that is still remembered by many today: "You have a friend at Chase Manhattan."

The bank is now known as J. P. Morgan Chase & Co., or "Chase" for short.

http://www.jpmorganchase.com/cm/cs?pagename=Chase/Href&urlname=jpmc/about/history
The merger of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank One, completed in July 2004, creates a financial services leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and businesses, financial transaction processing, asset and wealth management, and private equity. JPMorgan Chase & Co is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

This merger unites two prominent financial services companies with remarkable histories and deep roots across the United States and the world -- a legacy that reaches back more than 200 years with the founding of its earliest predecessor in 1799.

Today, our corporate headquarters are in New York City. Our U.S. retail financial services and commercial banking headquarters are in Chicago. Our major legacy institutions - J.P. Morgan, Chase Manhattan, Chemical, Manufacturers Hanover, Bank One, First Chicago, and National Bank of Detroit contributed significantly to the development of communities worldwide. Our corporate history is intertwined with innovations in finance and the globalization of the world economy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chase_Manhattan_Bank
The Chase Manhattan Bank was formed by the merger of the Chase National Bank and the Bank of the Manhattan Company in 1955.

The Bank of the Manhattan Company had been founded in 1799 by Aaron Burr, and Chase National Bank was named for former United States Treasury Secretary and Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, although Chase never had any connection with the latter entity.

At the time of the merger in the 1950s, Chase National, which the Rockefeller family had exercised strong influence over since its merger in 1930 with the Equitable Trust bank that had been owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr., was led by John J. McCloy. As Chase was much the larger of the two banks, it was first intended that Chase acquire the "Bank of Manhattan", as it was nicknamed, but it transpired that Burr's original charter for the Manhattan Company had not only included the clause allowing it (originally a water company) to start a bank with surplus funds, but another requiring unanimous consent of shareholders for the bank to be taken over. Therefore, the deal was structured as an acquisition of Chase National by the Bank of the Manhattan Company, with McCloy becoming chairman of the merged entity.

11 January 1960, New York Times, pg. 14 ad:
Remember...you have a friend at
Chase Manhattan

(Trademark)
Word Mark YOU HAVE A FRIEND AT CHASE MANHATTAN
Goods and Services (EXPIRED) IC 036. US 102. G & S: BANKING SERVICES-NAMELY, FINANCING, CREDIT AND LOAN SERVICES, SAVINGS AND OTHER INTEREST-BEARING ACCOUNTS, CHECKING ACCOUNTS, SPECIAL CHECKING ACCOUNTS, FOREIGN EXCHANGE, LETTERS OF CREDIT AND TRAVELERS' CHECKS, FIDUCIARY AND OTHER TRUST DEPARTMENT SERVICES. FIRST USE: 19600100. USED IN ANOTHER FORM MAR. 31, 1955 ; AS TO THE SERVICE MARK "CHASE MANHATTAN". FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19600100
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 72189550
Filing Date March 25, 1964
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 0788294
Registration Date April 13, 1965
Owner (REGISTRANT) CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, THE BANKING CORPORATION NEW YORK 1 CHASE MANHATTAN PLAZA NEW YORK NEW YORK
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Prior Registrations 0717319;0717320
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL-2(F)
Affidavit Text SECT 15.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 19850715
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD

Posted by Barry Popik
Banking/Finance/Insurance • (0) Comments • Tuesday, May 02, 2006 • Permalink