Activities - The Exhibition of "Traces of History"
December 17,1997 - October 10,1998
in two parts, dealing with the institution / state and with
society / people, Ottoman Bank Archives exhibition has a thematic
rather than a chronological approach. In the first part of
the exhibition Ottoman Bank is presented as a state bank,
the institutional aspect is treated with the theme of the
Bank's relations with the state. The exhibited documents are
related to the foundation of the bank in 1863, the bonds and
advances it provided for the Ottoman state, the role it played
in obtaining foreign credit and the bank notes it issued as
an emission bank.
In the second part, the bank is treated as an institution
in relation to the markets and society as a whole. It begins
with the presentation of the Bank's network of branches and
especially its Karaköy head office, both of which linked the
two functions of the bank. This part continues with the presentation
of information on the Bank's customers and the different social
groups ; the palace and its entourage, the ruling elite, the
emerging circle of intellectuals, traditional tradesmen, big
merchants and companies. Cases of forgery, showing another
aspect of the market, are also presented.
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