"Chain Gang" of New York Stock Exchange officers carrying traded securities to the bank

During 1937 and 1938, Mydans led a nomadic life-- a situation shared with most of his subjects-- living in hotel rooms as his assignments took him to Georgia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York , Vermont, California, Texas, and elsewhere.
In one of his New York stops, he took this picture of a "chain gang." Like a chain gang of prisoners, the four officers coming out of the Stock Exchange are handcuffed to their briefcases. Each day their task is to safeguard the contents of the briefcases while transporting them to the bank for deposit.
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Object Name
Date made
Spring 1937
Mydans, Carl
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Carl Mydans
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Carl Mydans
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Mydans, Carl. Carl Mydans, Photojournalist

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