BY SY SCHRECKINGER
A MOST UNIQUE and impressive penny bank, and one that deviates from the type generally discussed, is this article’s subject. The “Automobile Taxi-Cab Bank” (Figure 1) may be considered a bank with a dual personality since it is desirable and appealing to collectors of mechanical as well as coin-registering banks.
Bank collectors typically place coin savings banks into one of three categories: mechanical, still, or coin-registering. Most collectors generally express their preference for one of the aforementioned.
Occasionally, within each of the categories exists an example that is desirable aesthetically, historically, or perhaps philosophically, one that may be appealing across bank collecting lines. Examples possessing such qualities include: “General Butler” still bank (Figure 2), Kyser and Rex’s cast iron “Coin-Registering Bank” (Figure 3), the semimechanical “Lighthouse Bank” (Figure 4), and the coin-registering “Automobile Taxi-Cab Bank” featured in this article.