BY SY SCHRECKINGER
THRILLING, DAZZLING and thoroughly entertaining are the performances under the “Big Top”. No circus is complete, however, without the antics of those lovable comics referred to as “clowns”.
Over the centuries, the timeless appeal of these zany characters is evidenced by the great number of various manufactured items featuring their image. Toys, including mechanical banks, are to be included amongst the multitude.
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, mechanical banks portraying clowns were produced in both the United States and abroad. Notable examples include our subject, this article, i.e. “Nodding Clown”, as well as “Clown on Globe”, “Jolly Joe the Clown”, “Elephant and Three Clowns”, “Hoop-La”, “Circus Bank”, “Clown and Dog”, etc….