BY SY SCHRECKINGER
“BOOK-KEEPER’S MAGIC BANK” had certainly been aptly entitled. Not only did it serve its youthful owner as an education in bookkeeping, but also offered an attractive and appropriate receptacle to keep its accompanying miniature ledger book.
Unfortunately, other than its name imprinted upon the façade, there is no other wordage to indicate the mechanical’s designer, manufacturer, or country of origin.
However, conjecture amongst historians and collectors is that “Book-Keeper’s Magic Bank” may possibly be of German manufacture. This assumption is based upon the material utilized in its construction (i.e. lithographed tin plate), the shape of its trap door coin retainer, and the lack of available patent data.
During the period of production (1880-1935) most mechanical banks manufactured in the United States were constructed almost entirely of cast iron, with few exceptions.
Conversely, during those years the largest number of mechanicals produced in Germany were created primarily of colorfully lithographed tinplate.