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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: OflSce 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