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Trick Dog Bank

mechanical bank

ca. 1930

Cast-iron mechanical banks, a uniquely American invention, represent a perfect combination of readily available materials, low-cost labor, mass-production processes, and ingenious toy design. After the American Civil War ended in the 1860s, cast-iron foundries turned to the production of peace-time goods. Many manufactured cast-iron toys as a sideline to making shovels, rakes, stoves, tools, and other consumer products. Adding a mechanical action to savings banks encouraged children (eager to see the banks' motions again and again) to save more of their coins (or so their parents hoped).

ManufacturerHubley Manufacturing Co.
Materialiron | cast | painted
OriginLancaster, PA
Object ID77.2248

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