Mechanical Bank Notes — May 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Thrifty Animal Bank

BY SY SCHRECKENGER

ENJOYING THE SPOTLIGHT, this article, is a most under appreciated tin plate mechanical bank. The simplistic and modest “Thrifty Animal Bank” has been overlooked in favor of sizable, more attractive and impressive mechanicals.

This unassuming bank may have also suffered from “multiple classification disorder”. Invariably, a toy savings bank is a member of only one of three distinct categories: i.e. Still Bank, Mechanical Bank or Registering Bank. Interestingly, our featured subject shares certain characteristics of each of these.

While it cannot be classified as a registering bank, the “Thrifty Animal Bank” does possess a feature in common with most registering banks, namely, automatic coin release when full.

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