Hmm. I’ve seen bank ads about a lot of things, but I can’t recall seeing one anytime recently that encouraged me to keep my topsoil where it belongs. But that’s just what The National Commercial Bank and Trust Company of Albany did back in 1948, when this ad appeared in the Altamont Enterprise. They were offering loans on up to 90% of the cost of land conservation work, at a time when modern soil conservation methods were just beginning to be recognized.
You may know National Commercial better as Key Bank.