BY SY SCHRECKINGER
IN THE WORLD OF mechanical banks, the period spanning 1869 to 1935 was one of historical significance. Those years witnessed the birth of more than five hundred different mechanical banks. Themes were diverse and included topics ranging from architecture, sports, circus performances, various occupations, animals, politics, etc…
Interestingly, one particular subject was, seemingly, neglected. It was the simplistic utilitarian coin operated platform scale. The lone example produced as a mechanical within the United States was “Fun Producing Savings Bank”. The two examples produced in Europe were “Try Your Weight Scale” and “Record Money Bank”, our subjects this article.
What would be more befitting to represent a toy penny bank than this classic, everyday appliance? Was there a child that would have resisted stepping on one of these scales that populated every early twentieth century train station, pharmacy, and candy shop?