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THE AMERICAN HOME, November 1961



YOU CAN ENJOY THE FASCINATING FUN
OF OLD-TIME PENNY BANKS
  
Penny-pinching was fun in Victorian days. As a reward for saving,
kids could watch a bunny's ears flop, a clown do handsprings on a 
globe, smiling Uncle Sam load his carpetbag, a "speaking dog" 
wag his tail. These 19th century mechanical banks and "still" banks 
make marvelous decorating accessories today. You might display 
a sweeping collection of banks, along with old patent papers, 
catalogue pages, and the like, against a colorful burlap background. 
You might set just two or three eye-catchers on a mantel or a shelf 
in a child's room. Patented originals can still be found in secondhand 
and antique shops or at auction sales. The average price is $35  
less, if you're lucky; as high as $1000 for rare banks. Reproductions 
cast from original molds sell for $15 or so.


The above article courtesy of Deborah Davidson.
  

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