Reaching the end of the currency posts. Here is the 1896 $5 bill, a design that was too cool for America to handle. It seems like the design was pretty much immediately taken out of circulation, due to outcry over Electricity’s exposed breast. Thanks, Comstock (the same guy who made it illegal to distribute anything he deemed pornographic [including sex-ed material] by mail, and contraceptives).
But, anyway, the design! Electricity Presenting Light to the World is its name, and it’s great. Fame blows a trumpet, heralding the winged Electricity’s arrival. Electricity, an eagle at her side, stands atop the globe, holding a shining lightbulb above her head, a lightbulb wired to… Jupiter’s lightning bolts! As he drives his horses through the clouds with more lightning shooting from his hands instead of reins. Finally Peace with her dove floats to the side, in front of Washington DC. Seriously, it’s just a cool picture, our current bills seem really boring by comparison.
And then it uses Grant and Sheridan’s (a Civil War general for the North) portraits for the back, which must’ve been awkward in the South.