Money Picture Frame

by Clay Randall

money picture frame

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Picture Frame

(The Famous Americans Series)
© 1995, 1998 Sherwood Clay Randall, Jr.

This series of collectibles features portraits of such notable and historic Americans as Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, Franklin, McKinley, Cleveland, Madison, Chase, and Wilson. Each portrait is individually framed. Some are valued at over $50, while four of the series
(discontinued in 1969) are valued between $1,000 and $100,000!

You will certainly want to collect the whole set of twelve, but you can start your collection with the father of our country, George Washington, for the special introductory price of only one dollar!

These hand-engraved, intaglio-printed portraits are created with the utmost care and quality control on the finest cotton bond paper made for years of enjoyment. Start your collection today!

(I said it was corny, but it gives you something to read while all the graphics are downloading.)



The Instructions:

Get yourself a fairly new, crisp bill. Older “soggier” bills are much harder to work with.


money picture frameLay the bill on a flat surface, face up. Fold left and right sides inward so that the edges of the bill form borders for the portrait.


money picture frameWhile not necessary, folding a very small angle as shown will help keep the next fold neat. If you don’t do this, the edges will want to “escape” from the next fold and poke out.


money picture frameFold top and bottom inward so that the edges form top and bottom borders for the portrait. The bottom edge should fold along the white border of the
rear. The top fold should meet the top edge of the portrait.


money picture frameAlong the line separating the white border from the printing on the reverse sides (now left and right of the portrait) fold both sides back.

These two areas will become the stand which will allow the portrait to stand up like a picture frame.


money picture frameThese last two folds aren’t intended to lie flat, but should stay a little more that 90 degrees, to hide the “stand” of the picture frame from the front.


money picture frameOn each “wing” make two folds: a small fold on the bottom edge and a large fold on the top edge.

The top fold is simply to help hide the “wings” from the front. The bottom fold is done at a slight angle, and will determine the angle at which the portrait sits on a surface.


money picture frameNow make a second fold at a diagonal between the top edge of the bill and the end to the bottom fold. (These folds aren’t critical, but help hide the rear edges when viewed from the front.)


money picture frame

This is what the rear will look like when you’ve done both sides. Adjust both of these “wings” so that they are hidden behind slightly,
and still hold the portrait upright.

money picture frame

When viewed from the front, this is about what it should look like.

Doing these with 5s, 10s, and old 20s is exactly the same.


money picture frameFor the new 20s, 50s, etc., just adjust the initial fold points (around the portrait area). The back (shown here without the “hiding” folds) is asymmetrical, but who cares?


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