The 1950s saw a renewed interest in dime register banks; most likely because the dime was such a handy coin to accumulate. It's the smallest of American coins and carries the most buying power based on size. But something happened in the design of the bank. For whatever reason, the banks of the 1930s used the patent based on Mateo De Cesare's design. Perhaps those pre-WWII bank manufacturers wouldn't allow new banks to be made. Or maybe the licensing agreement and rights were too expensive. For whatever reason, excluding the Julius Chein Company, any new banks made after 1949 were based on a new patent design by Fred Schnabolk. His patent number is 2,463,433 and it can be seen on several of the new banks using his design to open, close and register. His design also included a day counter to go along with the money tracker. He assigned his design to the Kalon Radio Corp. of Brooklyn, New York.
So, this bank became a Daily Dime Bank to track a dime a day.
Size: 2 ½ inches x 2 ½ inches x 5/8 inch
Condition: The graphics on this bank are wonderful. Mr. and Ms. Pig are the classic bank name. Only in the USA are banks known as Piggy Banks. This particular example shows typical edge-wear. There are a small dings that can only be seen when the light is right: one is near the "E" in Dime; one at the top of the money counter, and one at bottom of the money counter. There are a few scratches, most notably at Mr. Pig's mouth. There is a spot of missing paint on the back side of the bank too.
This bank has been tested and works well. Once Five Dollars has been reached, pressing the back panel will push in the panel. There is a pin that goes through the hole in the front of the pig's mouth allowing the panel to open widely. This only happens once during the saving period.
Notice the incorporation of the rivet as part of the pig's nostril. Very clever.
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