|Object Name||Bank, Mechanical|
|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.
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