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Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos from 25, 50, and 100 years ago on July 14th.

25 YEARS AGO

Wednesday – July 14, 1994

“American Greenback Will Get New Look After 65 Years”

Chambersburg — Government printers are going high-tech to foil counterfeiters and in the process are giving American paper money its first new look in 65 years.

They want to enlarge the portraits on the $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and $1 notes and move them to the side.

That would allow more detailed engraving of the portraits and make room for a watermark in the form of a smaller version of the portrait, visible only when a bill is held to a light.

Nothing has been decided for certain, but Treasury officials gave the House Banking Committee a rundown Wednesday of what was likely. Other changes include:

• Color-shifting ink that may, for instance, appear green when viewed straight on and gold from an angle.
• Color-shifting ink that may, for instance, appear green when viewed straight on and gold from an angle.
• Computer-designed “interactive” patterns that turn wavy when illicitly copied.
• Iridescent planchettes in bills’ paper. These are colored discs only a few millimeters wide that reflect light.
• Micro-printing and machine-detectable threads or fibers in the paper.

The department plans to have a final design ready sometime in 1995 and begin circulating new bills about a year later, starting with the most popular target for counterfeiters, $100 notes.

Most Americans can’t remember when U.S. currency looked different. The last major change came in 1929, when bills were reduced in size and given a uniform look.

Peter H. Daly, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, said the department will try to retain the bills’ traditional look as much as possible.

The paper will feel the same and the size of the notes won’t change. And the same engraving style will be used for portraits, borders, numbers and the historic scenes on the bills’ back, he said.

Bentsen stressed that old money will continue as legal tender.

“The redesigned currency will be introduced over a period of years and no U.S. currency will be . . . devalued or recalled,” he said.

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50 YEARS AGO

Monday – July 14, 1969

“Final Plans Set For Class Reunion”

CHAMBERSBURG – Plans are being completed by the committee in preparation for the 35th reunion of the class of 1934 of the Chambersburg High School to be held at the Elks Home Saturday evening.

Dinner will be served at 6:30, and following a program. There will be dancing to the music of the Mary Howe group.

Committee members cooperating with Clay FIlenninger, class president, are Josephine IL Barnes, Wilma Bernardi, Elmo Dunkle. J. Melvia Frey, Pauline O. Hatfield. Hazel G. Myers. C Gradon Schlatter, Lucille W. Shields, and Sylvia L. Weaver.

100 YEARS AGO

Monday – July 14, 1919

“35 WOUNDED YANKS ENTERTAINED HERE “

Chambersburg – Thirty-five soldiers came in ambulances from the Carlisle Army Hospital on Saturday afternoon and were entertained at Red Bridge Park by the Thespian Club. The girls of the Thespian Club and the Campfire Girls assisted in entertaining the wounded Yanks, the six ambulance drivers and five Army nurses, who brought them, dancing being the principal source of enjoyment. A luncheon was served to the guests at five o’clock and at six o’clock they returned to ‘Carlisle, after having apparently greatly enjoyed the hospitality of the Thespians.

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