The onset of World War I in 1914 interrupted toy imports from Germany and afforded domestic toy makers the opportunity to fill the void. In 1917 Ohio Art acquired both the C.E. Carter Company's Erie toy plant and the Battle Creek Toy Manufacturing Company. During World War II, when virtually all domestic production was harnessed for the war effort, even toy makers such as Ohio Art were called upon to manufacture strategic products. When Ohio Art resumed toy making in the postwar era, it began using new plastics to make its traditional toys. Metal dollhouses featured plastic furniture, and tea sets, sand pails, and farm sets reappeared in plastic.
This wonderful lithographed tin coin bank, circa 1930's, is surrounded with figures of boys and girls running, boys marching with toy rifles on their shoulders, girls saluting and pets running about. The bank measures 3 1/8" across and 2 1/4" in height with the original opening mechanism, though the key is missing. Sharp colors and detail it is in good vintage condition with a slight dent on the side, Marked "Ohio Art Company - Made in U.S.A."