Toy MECHANICAL BANKS were first manufactured in America during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and were designed to encourage children to save money and emphasized the importance of thrift. In the field of collecting antique toys, mechanical banks are the crème de la crème of that sector. The banks, like paintings, tell a story or present a situation, depicting late 19th and early 20th century American life, customs, and mores. They were sculpted by an artist, iron was cast in a mold, and individual parts were put together so as to create an action which enticed a young person to operate, and consequently, to save money. The articulated action was a microcosm of some particular nuance of society; representation of a game, the innocence of childhood, or a cultural bias. Young impressionable children were exposed to these life lessons, meant to educate, influence, and entertain.
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