Before it collapsed, WaMu ad campaign was the ‘Friend of the Family’

All the failing banks in the news lately remind so many around here of Washington Mutual (WaMu), and that seemed like a good reason to revisit one of the Northwest’s most memorable – indelible, even – ad campaigns of all time.

WaMu, a long-beloved local company around here, failed on Sep. 25, 2008. In spite of those recent bank problems in California and elsewhere, WaMu still qualifies as the largest such collapse of a financial institution in American history.

Yes, rest assured that your giant foam hand is still valid: We’re still Number One!

Long before the subprime mortgage crisis of 15 years ago, Washington Mutual was founded in

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