Mechanical Bank Ephemera
Part II of: Jolly Nigger Bank, Hall's Excelsior Bank,
Chronometer Bank, Mama Katzenjammer Bank
by Sy Schreckinger – ANTIQUE TOY WORLD Magazine – April, 1995
Occasionally mechanical bank enthusiasts and
readers of this column will submit items of interest which relate to, and
elaborate upon, my articles in Antique Toy World. Generally, such material
is most informative and, frequently, a valuable adjunct to my writings.
Admittedly, it appears that the serious collector as well as the newly
initiated, can never be satiated with knowledge when the subject pertains
to mechanical banks.
Allow me to share a few of these gems with you:
Jolly Nigger Bank: Refer to Antique Toy World,
Advertising Flyer: Submitted by Dr. Greg Zemenick.
Hall's Excelsior Bank: Refer to
Toy World, February 1984.
Flyer, possibly packed with each bank.
Submitted by Dr. Greg Zemenick.
Chronometer Bank: Refer to Antique Toy World,
Toy jobber's catalog page, E. G. Selchow and Co., circa 1875.
Submitted by Mr. Anthony Annese.
Mama Katzenjammer Bank: Refer to
Antique Toy World, January 1984.
Manufacturer's catalog page, Kenton Hardware Company, circa 1906.
Note the handwritten word "out" across both the "Teddy Bear Bank"
and the "Mrs. Katzenjammer Bank," possibly indicating both items were poor
sellers, a factor which may have prompted discontinuance and deletion from
their 1907 toys and banks catalog.
Submitted by Mr. Bill Robison.
Note: Readers are welcome to share their ephemera relating to mechanical
banks: eg, trade cards, flyers, wooden packing boxes (especially those
displaying the name "Kyser and Rex Co.), etc. Please contact: Sy
Schreckinger, P.O. Box 104, East Rockaway, NY 11518.