|Scrubbing its face?|
Hats off to Bicester Lloyd's then, which came to the rescue at the eleventh hour. And maybe this little grasshopper - I think a youthful Common Green but maybe a passing orthopterologist will judge - was a ghostly tribute from another great commercial concern with which I had memorable dealings as a boy. This was Martin's Bank, sadly subsumed into Barclay's in 1969, but surviving gloriously in an outstanding website run by former employees and fans.
I am one of the latter, having been given a Martin's Bank moneybox - which excitingly only the bank could open in my presence at the Headingley branch - when I was only about six. Like many others, I love the way that the grasshopper, a symbol of fecklessness ever since Aesop libelled it in contrast to that Nazi of the natural world, the ant, was the symbol of a mighty financial business. Martin's, with its grasshopper and Liver bird (following a merger with the Bank of Liverpool in 1914), was specially strong and even loved in the North of England. Modern bankers would do well to think on.
I've interspersed these financial observations with some pics which from the website's archive. The little girl leading the elephant even got in touch with them as a much older woman to explain how it was done. The series also included her with a camel.
Grasshoppers for ever!