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John D. Meyer, Old Mechanical Penny Banks, 1952 Handbook, Banks 106-120

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No. 106. Germania Exchange Bank — Goat standing on beer keg over the bung hole. Put coin in a groove in the extended tail, then turn the spigot in the head of the barrel and the goat rears up holding a mug of beer between his hoofs and the coin drops into the barrel. The words "Germania Savings Bank" on head of the keg above the spigot. $250.00

No. 107. Giant — The giant standing on base holds a club in hand, raises arm, opens his mouth, when lever on base is pressed. Made of iron. Rather large base which extends up back of figure of the Giant. One of the "fiercest" looking banks. $300.00 ($85.00 in 1939)

No. 108. Girl In Victorian Chair — Holds small dog on her lap Coin slot in top of back of chair. When coin is placed in slot and lever at back of chair is moved, the coin drops into receptacle and the small dog tilts forward in girl’s lap. $xxxxxx

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No. 109. Girl Skipping Rope — Bank is wound with key and coin is placed in slot. When lever is pressed the girl skips rope in typical little girl fashion, moving her head and her feet in rhythmic time causing coin to fall in bank. Rather complicated mechanically. Old catalogues advertise this as "The Automatic Jumping Rope Bank" and was one of the most expensive banks as they cost $18.00 per dozen. April 1, 1890 Stevens. (Could you use any at that price?) $350.00

No. 110. Globe On Stand — Surmounted by eagle, lever rings bell. Semi-mechanical. Words "Pennies First, Then Dollars" on top of globe. d8820. December 7, 1875. $10.00

No. 111. Globe On Arc — Globe on stand held by half arc bracket. Globe revolves. Semi-mechanical. $8.00

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No. 112. Glutton — Fat man squatting before a platter ready to carve a fowl. Place the coin on the empty plate and press the lever and the plate turns over with a turkey on it ready to be carved by the Glutton who also turns his head when lever is pressed. $350.00

No. 113. Goat — Little Billy Goat faces coin, pull lever and goat butts coin into bank, heavy scroll work design figures of goat and darky are small. Stevens. 965,842. July 26, 1910. Charles A. Bailey. $275.00

No. 114. Goat, Frog and Old Man — Coin is placed in hands of an old man seated on goat. Press button and goat leaps forward throwing the coin into the frog’s mouth. The name of this bank is "Second Degree" bank so listed in old catalogues. Commonly called today — "Old Man on Goat and Hungry Frog." 232699. September 28, 1880. $100.00 ($45.00 in 1939)

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No. 115. Goat, Miniature Bucking — and darky. Darky is astride small goat and when spring is released darky is thrown over goat’s head and knocks coin into base. Base 4-1/2" long 2" wide. Similar to miniature bucking mule. Base is all open work. $50.00

No. 116. Goat, Butting — Miniature. A very small goat or ram moves along a track when a spring is released and in rushing forward butts at a tree stump forcing the coin into the stump. Stump is bronze finish and the goat white, and quite small. $40.00

No. 117. Guessing Bank — This name appears on the bank as "Pays Five for One, You call the Number." It has also been called the "Man in the Chair." A man is sitting straddle a chair on the back of which is a dial on which are figures. Inserted in each figure is a small pin on the style of the larger wheels of fortune you see at Country Fairs. A needle or hand spins around when the coin is deposited in the slot in the man’s hat. If you guess the number it stops at you win. May 22, 1877. $200.00

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No. 118. Hall’s Excelsior — When doorbell is pulled, the roof of the cupola lifts up showing a small wooden monkey which receives the coin. Monkey is seated at desk, head turns. Also called "Cashier Bank." Varieties of this bank show different kinds of little men instead of a monkey. 98055. December 21, 1869. $15.00

No. 119. Harlequin, Clown and Columbine — The three traditional English pantomine figures. This bank is quite elaborate mechanically. It is wound up, and coin inserted and wnen lever is pressed the Columbine is twirled around by the Clown. Made in Philadelphia, patent No. 196966 by J. Blanc, November 13, 1877. (I just can’t help saying "I wish I had this bank," but maybe sometime.) $xxxxxx

No. 120. Help the Blindman — All bronze about twelve inches high from bottom of base to top of hat. A blind man with pleasant smile, wearing an old battered hat with placard "Help the Blind" on his breast held in place by strap around his neck. He is leading a dog (looks like a shepherd dog) with a chain and resting his hands on a cane. You drop the coin into an elaborate pedestal about two inches high beside the beggar, press a lever and he nods his head in thanks. On top of the base which is three inches high are the words: "Drop in Coin, Push Down Lever." On bottom around trap are: "Pat. Pdg. Boys and Girls Slot Machine Bank." Pull dogs tail and he barks, moving his lower jaw. $xxxxxx

 

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