“There is no department in the bank where the air seems so electric, so tense and keyed-up.”
At a time when the priority in banking was the protection of assets, the security provided by teller’s cages was both pragmatic and symbolic. They were part of an overall architecture of security progressively being built into the design of 19th and 20th century banks. Compare that to modern banking, where the emphasis is on openness, relationships and transparency in banking transactions.
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