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“1964-1965 New York World’s Fair Daily Dime Bank” Register Bank
There were a few banks made as souvenirs for the 1964 World's Fair. This is the only one that was a dime register bank. This bank comes from our own collection and has the original card. We did not display it with the card, however, so the card is not attached.
There are a couple of curious things to note about this bank. First, it has the patent, 2,463,433, and second there are two different corporations listed on the bank.
The patent was issued to Fred Schnabolk in 1949. He then assigned it to Kalon Radio Corp. We assume that this bank was made by Kalon for the 1964 World's Fair. And it was then distributed by R.M.S. Sales Corp.
The use of the Unisphere was allowed by the World's Fair group, but was presented by the United States Steel Corp. In the world of marketing and naming of venues by major corporations we could bet more than a dime, that we would see USS Corporation today on a lot more stuff than just a bank!
Size: 2 ½ inches x 2 ½ inches x 5/8 inch
Condition: While this bank has the original card backing, the bank is not mint. In fact most of these banks aren't. They were not stored in any boxes or plastic, just loose. So, even though the bank hasn't been used it still has some scratches and rub spots.
Notice that it has very little edge-wear. It has been under glass for over 5 years in our collection, and was well taken care before that. There is some wear on the back of the bank though. Just from lying on its back, not from use.
The card is showing wear, with curling of the edges, and the colors losing some of their brightness. The bank displays well, and they are becoming harder to find.
This bank has been tested and it does work.
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