Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Alexander Hamilton's Dad James was a debt collector.

Excellent story at the Journal of the American Revolution site (By Ruud Stelten and Alexandre Hintom) about the Hamiltons. Apparently his father James collected debts. 


In 1765, the Hamiltons moved to St. Croix, 105 miles west of St. Eustatius. Here, James first worked as a sailor aboard the ship J√¶geren from approximately February 20 to April 6, 1765. Records indicate that his family followed James in April of that year. While on St. Croix, Rachel was able to turn a profit running a store, providing her sons with a comfortable life.[18] This can be corroborated by the fact that she retained enslaved persons, which she likely brought with her from St. Eustatius. After his sailing contract ended, James became employed as a debt collector.[19] James and his family’s paths diverged sometime in 1766. It is unknown how long James was on St. Croix, but it is believed he left between 1766 and 1768. However, in 1766 and 1767 James is still present in the St. Eustatius census records, filling in two years that were previously unknown. He may not have changed his place of residency from St. Eustatius to St. Croix because he frequently traveled or he was not sure where he would spend most of his time due to his profession. His departure from St. Eustatius in early 1765 may only have been temporary and he might have planned to return before the end of the year. In 1766 and 1767, James is listed by himself and exempt from head tax. After 1767, he disappears from Statia’s census records.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Preferred Collection Clients - 1968

                        And their price schedule to brokers

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gas Credit

Monday, November 13, 2017

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Let's not be so hasty

"Do as this says"

Gray Motor

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Pay or a Scowl

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bill Chaser Poem - 1910

Tis' from a debt collector
In the FDCPA sector
Information obtained
Will be retained
Disclaimer exclaimed

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oscar Wilde Says:

"A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten"

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Credit on "Jewelery"

Photo and misspelling discovered by the Shorpy site. 

They described as such: "Palatine, Illinois, circa 1950. "Schoolchildren at Hirsch's." Home of the Neon Typo."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Saturday, September 10, 2016


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Friday, August 05, 2016

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Buy Now...

Friday, June 03, 2016

Have you had up with...

Can't find Rickert

"Tells how they pay" 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Collection Postcard - 1897

From United States of America


Friday, April 29, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday, March 05, 2016

BCA Winter

Danny Boy

“Credit is the vital air of the system of modern commerce. It has done more — a thousand times more — to enrich nations than all the mines of all the world.”

                                                                       — Daniel Webster, 1834

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Assassin speaks ill.

President James A. Garfield Assassin Charles Guiteau.

Internet Reference:
Guiteau said of debt collectors, "he is a most loathsome creature, a creature worse by ten magnitudes than the debtor, for he has the good fortune of wealth, but uses it to punish those worse off than him. He adds nothing to society, and takes from it the dignity of the impoverished. Debt collectors are the worst sort I can imagine. I would scarcely want to work with one -- in any capacity."


(Excerpt from  Douglas O. Linder (2007) Univ of Missouri-KC http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/guiteau/guiteauhomelite.html )

…Charles withdrew again to Illinois, where for a few years he eked out an existence as a debt collection attorney and managed to find a wife, Annie Bunn, a local librarian.

In the 1870s, Guiteau moved from place to place, from passion to passion. In 1872, while in New York collecting bills from a few deadbeats to pay his own, he began to take an active interest in politics. His shady collection practices--including pocketing his commission without paying his client--landed him a short stay in a New York City jail. In 1875, he followed--until it died--a far-fetched dream of buying a small Chicago newspaper and turning it into an influential one by reprinting news from the New York Tribune, transmitted telegraphically to Chicago each day. When Charles's grand scheme collapsed, his father wrote of his son: "To my mind he is a fit subject for a lunatic asylum."

Text: 1870

 “The claim I have is a draft drawn by Haas & Coon Brand for sixty days. / Mr. Simpson the party owning the claim … will swear that he bought the draft before it was due & paid the full cash value for it. / Now go for him lively. Take out an Execution as soon as possible and I think you can drive him to a settlement. Ascertain the most he will pay without a suit etc.”

President Garfield

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Get a "pin" ready

Friday, January 08, 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015