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Home Safes Received and Distributed:
the first 1,650
The Bank's first purchase of Home Safes was a batch of 2,500 that were made to the Bank's specifications by the Birmingham firm of Wilkins & Wright. A book was printed to record the receipt and distribution of the safes - this book contained 66 pages, each listing the initial history of 25 Home Safes. Page 1 (above) shows that the first safes (individually numbered from 1 to 25) were received from the manufacturer on November 16th 1922. These 25 safes were part of 100 safes that were issued to Head Office branch on December 1st 1922.
 
Page 66 of the record book (below) shows that Head Office branch also received the last of the 1,650 safes - these were received from Wilkins & Wright on January 3rd 1923 and issued to the branch on January 25th 1923.
Serial Numbers of Home Safes issued to various branches and the dates of issue.
 
           
Number
of Safes
Received 
 Head Office (1)
 1 - 50
 (Dec 1st 1922)
 51-100
 (Dec 9th 1922)
1001-1100
 (Dec 22nd 1922)
1301-1400
 (Jan 6th 1923)
(2)
1551-1650
 (Jan 25th 1923) 
 400
 Aston Cross
 101-150
 (Nov 25th 1922)
       
 50
 Aston
 151-200
 (Nov 25th 1922)
 1151-1200
 (Jan 2nd 1923)
     
 100
 Duddeston
 201-250
 (Nov 25th 1922)
 1201-1250
 (Jan 2nd 1923)
     
 100
 Saltley
 251-300
 (Nov 25th 1922)
 951-1000
 (Dec 21st 1922)
     
 100
 Small Heath
 301-350
(Nov 29th 1922)
 901-950
(Dec 21st 1922)
 1451-1550
 (Jan 12th 1923)
   
 200
 Sparkbrook
 351-400
 (Nov 29th 1922)
 851-900
 (Dec 21st 1922)
 1251-1300
 (Jan 2nd 1923)
   
 150
 Balsall Heath
 401-450
 (Nov 29th 1922)
       
 50
 Kings Heath
 451-500
 (Nov 29th 1922)
       
 50
 Bearwood
 501-525
 (Nov 30th 1922)
 726-750
 (Dec 5th 1922)
 1401-1425
 (Jan 20th 1923)
   
 75
 Ladywood
 526-550
 (Nov 30th 1922)
 751-775
 (Dec 5th 1922)
     
 50
 Rotton Park
 551-575
 (Nov 30th 1922)
 776-800
 (Dec 5th 1922)
     
 50
 Handsworth
 576-600
 (Nov 30th 1922)
 826-850
 (Dec 5th 1922)
 1101-1150
 (Jan 2nd 1923)
 1426-1450
 (Jan 25th 1923)
 
 125
 Lozells
 601-625
 (Nov 30th 1922)
 801-825
 (Dec 5th 1922)
     
 50
 Erdington
 626-675
 (Dec 1st 1922)
       
 50
 Springfield (3)
 676-725
 (Dec 1st 1922)
       
 50
         
 1,650
 
NOTES:
(1) Home Safe Number 1 was initially issued to Ronald E Watt (see below) - Head Office Account Number 12332.
(2) Home Safe Number 1396 was issued to Miss Helena M Edge - Head Office Account Number 19993.
(3) Springfield branch was then known as Sparkhill.
Dates of Receipt and Issue of Home Safes.
 
 1922
 
 
 November 16 
50
 50 issued to Head Office on December 1st 1922
 November 18
50
 50 issued to Head Office on December 9th 1922
 November 25
200
 50 issued to each of Aston Cross; Aston; Duddeston; Saltley on day of receipt
 November 29
200
 50 issued to each of Small Heath; Sparkbrook; Balsall Heath; Sparkbrook on day of receipt
 November 30
125
 25 issued to each of Bearwood; Ladywood; Rotton Park; Handsworth; Lozells on day of receipt
 December 1
100
 50 issued to each of Erdington; Springfield on day of receipt
 December 5
125
 25 issued to each of Bearwood; Ladywood; Rotton Park; Handsworth; Lozells on day of receipt
 December 13
200
 50 issued to each of Saltley; Small Heath; Sparkbrook on December 21st
 50 issued to Head Office on December 22nd 1922
 December 19
200
 50 issued to Head Office on December 22nd 1922
 50 issued to each of Handsworth; Aston; Duddeston on January 2nd
 January 2
200
 50 issued to Sparkbrook on day of receipt
 100 issued to Head Office on January 6th 1923
 25 issued to Bearwood on January 20th 1923
 25 issued to Handsworth on January 25th 1923
 January 3
200
 100 issued to Small Heath on January 12th 1923
 100 issued to Head Office on January 25th 1923
 
1,650
1,650
Home Safe Number 1 was issued to Head Office branch on December 1st 1922. The depositor (Ronald Watt) seems to have made little use of the safe - only two deposits were made to his account in the period December 1st 1922 to March 31st 1924:
 
 - April 26th 1923: 8/6d.
 
 - January 4th 1924: 11/6d.
 
It is not known at what date the Home Safe was returned to the Bank, but a note in red ink made in the 'Received and Distributed' book states that:
 
This safe transferred to Hall Green 22 April 1928 (No 1).
A.G.M.'s instruction.
 
Transferring a single safe from the custody of one branch to another would have been a very unusual transaction.
 
"AGM" refers to the Bank's Assistant General Manager (Frank Ellison) who, perhaps realising the historical significance of having Safe Number 1, has arranged for it to be transferred to Hall Green branch. This may have been the branch where his account, or that of one of his family, was maintained. By 1928, over 28,000 safes had been issued, thus establishing the system as a success, and making Safe Number 1 so attractive.
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