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

Gwenda Money Box

BY SY SCHRECKINGER

OUR SUBJECT, this article, features the image of a frog, bearing testimony to the majesty of Mother Nature. Who, after all, could create a more appropriate creature to grace a penny savings bank?

During the latter portion of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this whimsical, cavernous-mouthed amphibian proved to be a popular subject for the plethora of mechanical banks produced in this country and abroad. Included among those penny gobblers were: “Professor Pug Frog’s Great Bicycle Feat”, “Chief Big Moon”, “Goat, Frog and Old Man”, “Initiating Bank, First Degree”, “Two Frogs”, “Frog on Rock”, “Snake and Frog In Pond”, “Flip the Frog”, “Frog on Arched Track”, and, our focus of discussion, “Gwenda Money Box.”

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