A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 07, 2019
“Money talks, nobody walks”

"Money talks” (meaning that money has influence) is an old financial saying, cited in print in various forms from before 1700. “Money talks” was printed in several American newspapers in 1868. 

“Money talks (and) nobody walks” means that a business will listen to money offers, and nobody will walk out without making a deal. “One thing...When money talks...Nobody walks out on it” was printed in the Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette on February 25, 1928.

The saying became popular in 1966 and 1967. “Money talks (...) and nobody walks” was printed in an advertisement in the Scranton (PA) Tribune on December 29, 1966. “MONEY TALKS! NOBODY WALKS!” was printed in an advertisement in the Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer on January 1, 1967.


Newspapers.com
25 February 1928, Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, “Flickers Wit & Wisdom,” pg. 10, col. 1:
One thing
When money talks
Nobody walks out on it. 

Newspapers.com
29 December 1966, Scranton (PA) Tribune, pg. 12, col. 6 ad:
WE WANT MONEY
WE DON’T WANT STOCKS
MONEY TALKS
COME TO PATTERSON & HEPPLEWHITE
AND NOBODY WALKS

Newspapers.com
1 January 1967, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, pg. 4, col. 1 ad:
WE NEED MONEY!
MONEY TALKS!
NOBODY WALKS!
(CYE Harold’s.—ed.)

Newspapers.com
12 January 1967, Tunkhannock (PA) Republican and New Age, pg. 2A, col. 6 ad:
Money Talks—Nobody Walks
(Patterson and Hepplewhite.—ed.)

Newspapers.com
5 June 1967, Hartford (PA) Courant, pg. 24, col. 1 ad:
Remember...MONEY TALKS, NOBODY WALKS
(Pat’s Tire and Muffler Shop.—ed.)

Google Books
12 January 1970 New York magazine, “Son of Strawberry Statement” by James Kunen, pg. 47, col. 1:
Money talks; nobody walks.

OCLC WorldCat record
Poems Morris paid for or: money talks, nobody walks : private reading!.
Publisher: [Madison, Wis.] : [M. Edelson], [1972?]
Series: Quixote (Madison, Wis.), v. 6, no. 10.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

Google Books
The Newsletter on the State of the Culture
1975
Pg. ?:
Never mind the West 57th Street habadashery pitch, “MONEY TALKS, NOBODY WALKS”!

OCLC WorldCat record
Money talks, nobody walks : financial incentives for volunteers.
Author: Marion A Garza
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: Jems, Vol 16 (2) (February 1991)

OCLC WorldCat record
Features - Hot Skills and Cold Cash - EMPLOYEE RETENTION - When money talks, nobody walks. Here’s how to make your dollars speak volumes
Author: Debby Young
Publisher: [Framingham, Mass. : CIO Pub., c1987-
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: CIO. 12, no. 11, (1999): 36

OCLC WorldCat record
Trends. Money Talks, Nobody Walks I: The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
Author: Editor
Publisher: Scholarly Commons 2000-03-10T08:00:00Z
Edition/Format: Downloadable archival material
Summary:
This article discusses the economic activities of the World Bank, the IMF, and a United States Congressional commission that critiqued their operation

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Thursday, November 07, 2019 • Permalink