Regarding the dubious reputation of the $2 bill, I can cite some evidence supporting a couple of the claims in the video. One is with
gambling. When I was a coin collecting kid and saw a $2 bill for the first time (maybe 1965), I asked my parents why nobody uses them. My
mother, who had a more interesting and diverse background than many women of her day, told me that $2 was the minimum bet at the horse
races, and you would only see them there. If you had a $2 bill, people would assume you were a gambler, which at that time before state
lotteries and Indian casinos was considered a vice.
The second claim can be confirmed from a World War II Sad Sack cartoon I have a copy of, from when it was intended for US Army
personnel (about 1943, no words, just a series of a few drawings for each strip to illustrate the soldiers' common gripes).
Everything is covered, from army food to unkind sergeants.
In one, Sad Sack gets paid, and goes out on a drinking binge. Next panel, he has two pieces of paper money left and that he is eyeing
in his hand. Next, he is talking to a beautiful girl. Then she is leading him somewhere, as he eyes her rear end. In the final panel, she
is leading him to a church bazaar, admission $1 per person, and he is frowning and digging in his heels. This seems to imply that a lady
of the evening would commonly be $2 at the time. Therefore, I think I could easily believe the gambling and prostitution
I'm sure there's a doctoral dissertation on this subject to be found somewhere. Regardless of its origins, the $2 bill did indeed
once have an association (deserved or not) that didn't involve the church collection plate on Sunday mornings. Thanks to John Regitko
and others for their amusing (but less publishable) comments. -Editor