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. And this is New Old Store Stock. Notice that the card still has its peg tab.
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: The bank and its card are in very good shape, considering that most of these banks 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 on the edges. Even so, there is very little edge-wear.
We haven’t removed the bank from the card, but a peak between the card and bank indicates little or no wear. The card does show some wear: foxing, bends, and soiling.
The bank displays well, and is becoming harder to find.
This bank has been tested and it does work. The rattling is the dime we tested with.