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F ederal reser v e Bank
O F DALLAS

Dallas, Texas, November 3,1961

To All Banks in the
Eleventh Federal Reserve District:
Another in a series of surveys has been made to determine the progress of Eleventh
District banks in preprinting their checks to show the routing symbol-ABA number in
magnetic ink. The results of the survey are as follows:
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Dallas
City
Country*

Number of Checks
Surveyed

Number of
Checks Conforming

Percentage of
Conformity

45,485
253,745

23,346
83,626

51.33
32.96

El Paso
City
Country
Houston
City
Country*

9,594
34,170

3,023
11,178

31.51
32.71

23,622
122,983

8,009
43,513

33.90
35.38

San Antonio
City
Country*

24,109
105,623

4,385
27,079

18.19
25.64

*A breakdown for larger points is shown on the other side of this letter.

Many banks have made outstanding progress in preprinting their checks; however,
the percentage of conforming items in this District is somewhat lower than the national
average.
As a number of banks either have installed or are scheduled to install high-speed
equipment, it becomes increasingly important to have items in check collection channels
that can be handled on the equipment. Therefore, banks are urged to proceed as rapidly
as possible with their preprinting plans in order to support and facilitate the check
mechanization program.
Yours very truly.
Watrous H. Irons

President

This publication was digitized and made available by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Historical Library (FedHistory@dal.frb.org)

BREAKDOWN FOR CERTAIN LARGER POINTS
City

Abilene, Texas
Amarillo, Texas
Austin, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Waco, Texas
Wichita Falls, Texas
Shreveport, Louisiana

Number of
Checks Surveyed

4,169
4,584
7,020
5,906
7,824
8,796
5,753
3,199
4,253 9,606

Number of Checks
Conforming

Percentage of
Conformity_

845
506
3,428
4,037
2,693
3,728
1,203
1,158
1,243
1,258

20.27
11.04
48.83
68.35
34.42
42.38
20.91
36.20
29.23
13.10


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102