Exceptionally rare small cardboard and paper advertising bank distributed by John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston, Massachusetts – labeled a "Home Savings Bank", and exhorting ordinary Americans to "Work and Save" to accumulate funds to buy a new home.
This bank was probably distributed during the housing bubble of the 1920s, which burst with the 1929 stock market crash, rather than during the 1930s when the Great Depression put home-buying in decline. Most likely it is dates to circa 1928, since the lithographer - Livermore & Knight Co., of Providence and New York - was only in business during the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Small cardboard and paper bank with brilliant red lithography. Cardboard front is designed so that paper bills could be slipped through the slot in the lithographed savings box on the front, and into the envelope attached to the rear by the gummed flaps. The envelope supports the cardboard front in the standing position. Instructions for opening the bank and attaching a replacement envelope obtained from the local John Hancock agency are printed on the envelope. Underneath the envelope is printed the name of a representative of the company in Rhode Island - Alfred Green, Superintendent, in the Masonic Building, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
On the lower back in small print is "Patent Pending" and "Livermore & Knight Co., Providence and New York". Livermore was well-known for quality vintage lithography in Providence, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. Along the side of the back, a name and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, address are handwritten in pencil.
The bank-front is cardboard stock measuring 5-3/4" high x 4-1/4" wide.
PHOTO NOTE: The grainy texture to some of the images is a photo distortion, which alters the sharper textures of the original material. Photos also tend to exaggerate the prominence of lightly soiled spots and sun faded areas, as well as the size and texture of small creases and flaws, all of which are much less noticeable in person.
CONDITION NOTE: The Bank is in excellent condition for its age, and the attached envelope does not appear to be used. The cardboard front shows wear and slight color loss on the corners and edges. Any significant flaws are visible in the photos.