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 April 08, 2013
Wall Streeter

A “Wall Streeter” is someone who works on Wall Street—usually in the financial industry. A “Wall Streeter” could also mean someone who lives on Wall Street, but few people do. “Wall Street” was cited in May 1844 by Shepard’s (a stationery supplier), but it is not clear if a purely financial use was intended. “He deserted the dollar-worshipers and their Babel, for a retreat among the lakes, where he led what the Wall-streeters called a useless life” was cited in print in February 1854.


(Oxford English Dictionary)
Wall Streeter, n.
orig. U.S.
A Wall Street financier, esp. of the New York stock-market.
1885 Weekly New Mexican Rev. 15 Jan. 2/2 The Wall streeters and money changers want less money that they may have a better chance to grind the borrowers.
1937 Sun (Baltimore) 24 Nov. 2/7 Wall Streeters said the controversy stemmed back to the annual report issued by Mr. Gay as president of the exchange last August.

16 May 1844, New-York (NY) Commercial Advertiser, pg. 2, col. 6 ad:
All ye Wall Streeters,
PEARL STREETERS, UP TOWNERS AND DOWN TOWNERS, would it not be well for you to buy your stationery at SHEPARD’S where you can buy letter paper at 5d, 7d, 10d, 14d, and 18d per quire.
(The same advertisement is in the May 18, 1844 New-York Daily Tribune—ed.)

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February 1854, Graham’s Magazine, “Among the Mountains” by Frank Forester, pg. 146, col. 2:
... though he was a nobody while showing himself the cleverest young lawyer and most brilliant magazinist of New York, until, a small legacy falling to him, he deserted the dollar-worshipers and their Babel, for a retreat among the lakes, where he led what the Wall-streeters called a useless life, with a few old friends, a good many old books, a little old wine, and an innocent, charitable and kindly heart—a thing which, if it exist at all, has neither value nor honor in the modern Gomorrah.

4 October 1862, Wisconsin Patriot (Madison, WI), pg. 2, col. 3:
Old documents are sometimes valuable. In looking over the State Journal of June 17, ‘61, we find a statement, evidently “by authority,” wherein it is asserted that Treasurer Hastings had returned from New York, unable to sell the State Bonds, because Wall Streeters would not take them at par.

6 June 1868, Daily State Register (Des Moines, IA), pg. 1, col. 2:
END OF THE C. R. I. & P. R. R. WAR.
A TRUCE OFFERED BY THE WALL STREETERS!

14 June 1869, Galveston (TX) Tri-Weekly News, pg. 1, col. 2:
MR. BOUTWELL AND THE WALL STREETERS.—The New York Herald says that the Secretary of the Treasury has maintained a silence and pursued a policy which have greatly aggravated the Wall street gamblers.

Chronicling America
4 June 1875, National Republican (Washington, DC), “Mr. Hester’s Letter,” pg. 1, col. 8:
It is rumored that the
CONTRACT FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL
has already been let by the Wall streeters, and that ex-Walker, Gubernatorial banker, Democratic carpet-bag member of Congress from Virginia, is to be its champion in the House, he under whose rule the Virginia State debt swelled far up in the millions beyond what it had eve been before.

Chronicling America
23 December 1875, Gallipolis (OH) Journal, pg. 2, col. 2:
HON. FRANKLIN LANDERS, of Indiana, is the only inflationist in Congress who stood by his principles. He refused to vote for KERR, for Speaker, at the dictation of a democratic caucas. All the balance went over to the Wall streeters.

OCLC WorldCat record
Wall Streeters need doctors, too.
Author: JD Snyder
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: Group practice, 1976 Jul-Aug; 25(4): 21-3
Database: From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

OCLC WorldCat record
NBC, USA talks stall Wall Streeters and industry execs say recent talks between Jack Welch and Barry Diller about merging NBC with USA Networks were just a reflection of Welch’s periodic edginess about the prospects for the network
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: BROADCASTING AND CABLE, 128, no. 30, (July 20, 1998): 12
Database: British Library Serials

OCLC WorldCat record
The Changing Scene - Veteran Wall Streeter Bob Hotz is the latest addition to the managerial ranks at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin. He joins as co-head of investment banking.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Mergers & Acquisitions, Inc., c1965-
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: Mergers & acquisitions. 37, no. 8, (2002): 31
Database: ArticleFirst

OCLC WorldCat record
Getting down to business Veteran Wall Streeter Bill Donaldson is determined to revitalize a damaged Securities and Exchange Commission at a critical juncture in its - and the U.S. capital markets’ - history
Author: J Schack
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR- INTERNATIONAL EDITION- no. Aug, (2003): 34-43
Database: British Library Serials

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