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Object Name Bank, Mechanical
Date 1930s
Description Cast iron bank in the shape of a building; square, painted yellow sides with blue corners and trim, red roof and base; windows on three sides; 2 chimneys on roof; front has a door that opens, with inscription "NOVELTY / BANK;" interior contains a figure of a man wearing a suit and holding a tray; he is attached to the door by a metal wire and he comes out when the door is opened; bottom has a round removable disk to retrieve coins; disk has an embossed inscription that is partly illegible: "PAT [----];" printed sticker attached to base: "MADE IN TAIWAN."
Acquisition Gift of Staten Island Savings Bank
Ownership and History This bank was reportedly offered as a free gift to Staten Island Savings Bank customers in the 1930s.

Cast iron banks with similar forms were found in the United States from about the 1870s. The presence of a sticker with the inscription "MADE IN TAIWAN" suggests this example may have reproduced an earlier form.
Earliest Date 1930
Latest Date 1940
Material Iron
Subjects Banks
Banking industry
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Catalog Number 07.015.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2014.
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