Popeye has been immortalized in at least five different variations of Dime Register Banks in the last 80 years. This is the only version that shows Popeye unhappy-- so unhappy his pipe is upside down! Perhaps he found out just how much his money was worth after the stock market crash of 1929? No telling what his image would show after the recession of the last few years! These banks were still being made as late as 1947, and shown in the Johnson Smith and Company Catalog of 1948, so it's difficult to say just when this bank was made.
While this bank is not considered rare by any means, it is difficult to find in this scarce very good condition. This is one of the better examples we have seen. The colors are bright on all of the figures. Still works too.
It is, however, not without its flaws. It has the typical edge-wear and scratches, most notably on the left half of the bank.
This bank still displays well, registers dimes correctly, and even opens at $5.00.