About Marianne Babal

Marianne Babal is a Corporate Historian for Wells Fargo.

From above the Civil War battlefield to the bank

Before founding Citizens Bank, now a part of Wells Fargo, in Los Angeles in the late 1800s, Thaddeus Lowe was a renowned inventor and the chief aeronaut for the Union Army Balloon Corps.

From above the Civil War battlefield to the bank2019-07-09T15:45:32-04:00

Charter Number 1

In the 1860s, the federal government created a new type of bank to provide standardization for bank customers. The First National Bank of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania was the first of its kind.

Charter Number 12019-08-19T14:22:43-04:00

Dispensing money like magic

A Wells Fargo historian shares how the company’s ATMs have improved the customer experience over time, from “Silver Service” ATMs at just a few branches in the 1970s to more than 13,000 today.

Dispensing money like magic2019-08-19T12:37:50-04:00

Around the world since 1852

Find out how Wells Fargo expanded its presence from California to 38 overseas offices, serving customers worldwide today.

Around the world since 18522019-08-19T12:25:55-04:00

Wells Fargo’s role in the Great War

A Wells Fargo historian explains how the company helped with financial and transportation needs during World War I — and how the end of the war led to a national holiday.

Wells Fargo’s role in the Great War2019-07-11T18:11:15-04:00

Outwitting outlaws

Find out how Wells Fargo’s special agents in the 1800s helped protect the company and its customers.

Outwitting outlaws2019-08-13T14:38:35-04:00