BY SY SCHRECKINGER
EXCITING AS WELL as challenging are the occasional discoveries of “new finds” in the world of mechanical banks. A most interesting example is our subject, “Japanese Automatic Calendar Bank”.
Oftentimes, persistent and extensive research are required to reveal an object’s identity and ancestry. Its elusiveness may, perhaps, be the result of lack of documentation obtained from period trade catalogs and/or patent information. In this instance, and to complicate identification, “Japanese Automatic Calendar Bank” lacks not only the aforementioned data, but the fact that all surface imprinted wordage indicates “early” Japanese graphemics.