Friday, June 1, 2012
BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING...
I Have really wanted to visit this site since we arrived in DC.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a part of the Treasury Department.
It is where MONEY IS PRINTED.
And talk about fascinating. No pictures were allowed to be taken once inside the facility.
The building was enormous. And you walked down halls with windows that you could see into where the money was being printed, checked, cut, and bundled.
The number of steps in this process was amazing.
And the size and scope of the machinery was too.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. This building was really big .
I took pictures each directions to show its size.
Standing on the steps of the Bureau you can see the Washington Monument
Across the street in the Department of Agriculture.
Next door is the Holocaust Museum
This beautiful walkway is between the buildings.
The department of the Treasury across the other side of the buiding.
More of the Treasury Department
This hall where you wait for your tour.
The information in here was fascinating. I snapped lots of pictures here and have just posted them
for my own benefit. The history of paper money.
Aug 29, 1862, 4 women and 2 men began separating and trimming dollar bills- the first curency.
This is $1,000,000.00- One Million Dollars
THE HISTORY OF MONEY
A CLOSE UP OF THE FIRST PAPER CURRENCY
SWEDISH PAPER MONEY FROM 1661
THE FRENCH USED PLAYING CARDS AS MONEY IN THE 1600'S
1775- COLONIAL MONEY
GREENBACKS- CALLED THIS BECAUSE OF THE GREEN DYE
1862 - START OF THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING
PICTURE OF THE FIRST BUILDING
THE FEDERAL RESERVE
THE WESTERN FACILITY IN TEXAS
NEW SERIES 1996-
2004 MORE COLORS ADDED
THE BUILDINGS IN DC ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL INSIDE.
THE CEILING IN HERE WAS GORGEOUS.