Banks, Mechanical Bank Notes — June 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

Alice in Wonderland Bank

BY SY SCHRECKINGER

ONE SLEEPY afternoon, a very bored little girl known as Alice sat with her sister beside a riverbank. Suddenly, appearing within Alice’s vision was a White Rabbit, fully clothed and adorned wi th a pocket watch. Curiosity overcame Alice and she proceeded to follow this creature into a rabbit hole. Losing her balance, she tumbled into a strange hallway with numerous locked doors. On a small table was a key that unlocked one of these portals. And so begins the bazaar odyssey of “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”.

This imaginative tale was written in the year 1865 by British author, Charles Ludwig Dodson, known to most by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll. The appeal of its subject, i.e. a sweet, naive little girl named Alice, and her adventures into a world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures gained instant acclaim amongst adults and children alike.

Several entrepreneurs of the era responded quickly to the popular success of Alice by exploiting the fable’s absurd, zany characters. Dolls, toys, articles
of clothing, games, etc. filled shelves of country stores and gift shops worldwide. Amongst the items produced was a penny bank (the subject of this article) featuring characters from the “Alice In Wonderland” novel.

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