BY SY SCHRECKINGER
DIFFERING FROM PREVIOUS discussions, the information presented herein updates my article entitled “Boy Scout Bank”, included in the March 1986 issue of Antique Toy World. Since the aforementioned date of publication, information has surfaced to warrant further follow-up.
My thanks to fellow mechanical bank collector and historian, Mr. Frank Kidd, for his input and photographs (refer to Figures 1, 2, 3, 6).
At that time, research revealed “Boy Scout Bank” (Figure 1), which I will refer to as “Type I”, was the only type known to have actually been mass produced. “Boy Scout Bank” with “Squaw in Tipi” (Figure 2), and which I will refer to as “Type II”, was discovered many years ago after the closing
of the J. and E. Stevens Foundry. It was found in unpainted but fully operational condition.
Years later, historian, Mr. Donal Markey (deceased), commented that, in his opinion it may have been an early prototype design which was eventually rejected by J. and E. Stevens. Futhermore, the company’s reasoning was that the appearance of an Indian maiden in the tipi of a Boy Scout camp was a bit risqué for a child’s toy. A previous owner of this mechanical had it decorated in appropriate coloration and it now resides in the collection of Mr. Frank Kidd.