Thursday, 18th December 2014

Diamonds Are Forever… Being Pawned

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by in Spring 2010

Diamonds Are Forever… Being Pawned

By BILL KUNKEL

Diamonds fascinate us. We stare into them, read about them and bestow them as tokens of love. The very concept of the time and geological pressure it took to transform a lump of coal into a dazzling diamond is both confounding and compelling. Or, as young copywriter Frances Gerety wrote while daydreaming over ad copy for diamonds in 1947: “A Diamond is Forever.”

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Industry Dodges CFPA in House Bill

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by in Spring 2010

Industry Dodges CFPA in House Bill

By PHILLIP LEE

The House of Representatives’ version of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency bill specifically skips pawnbrokers, to the industry’s relief.

The bill refers to it as an “exclusion,” as it does for others such as community banks that were able to convince legislators that they shouldn’t be covered by the prospective agency, says Fran Bishop, government relations chairman for the National Pawnbrokers Association.

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New Book Covers History of Pawning in the U.S.

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by in Spring 2010

New Book Covers History of Pawning in the U.S.

By RIC BLUM

Pawning in America is something we all seem to know something about, in modern times, but many of us are not familiar with the history of our beloved industry in the United States. Wendy A. Woloson fills in both pawnbrokers and the general public on the critical role pawnbroking has played in our country in her recently released book, IN HOCK: Pawning in America from Independence through the Great Depression (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

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