Donald Steele, aged 93, worked at the bank that John Dillinger
robbed in 1933. At the time this photo was taken in Racine in
1997, the building was occupied by the M&I bank, seen in the
(Photo by Liana J. Cooper) Photo courtesy of Mark Hertzberg and The Journal Times of
The Weyland family would like to thank Mark Hertzberg and The Journal Times of
Racine, Wisconsin, for providing several of the photos on these pages and for
kindly giving us permission to publish them on our website.
The building as it looks today, now home to the Racine Art Museum.
In July of 2009, in conjunction with the opening of the film "Public
Enemies", the museum hosted a special exhibit commemorating the
1933 robbery. Visitors were allowed to tour the original bank's vault
(normally hidden from view) and Dillinger's tommy gun (on loan from
the Racine Police Department) was placed on display (Photo Below).
The American Bank & Trust Co. Building
As Seen Through The Years
This photo, taken around the time of the Dillinger robbery, shows
the American Bank & Trust Co. building, located on the far corner
of Main and Fifth St.
Photo courtesy of Gerald Karwowski and racinehistory.com.
This is the actual "tommy gun" used by John Dillinger during the robbery of the American
Bank & Trust Company. It is on permanent display at Police Headquarters in Racine, WI.
Dillinger appropriated the weapon from one of the police officers who attempted to stop
the robbery. The ever-accommodating Dillinger autographed the weapon for posterity.
Photo courtesy of Mark Hertzberg and The Journal Times of Racine, Wisconsin.