This vintage tin lithographed "dime" bank features Popeye the Sailor with a lot of great color and detail.
Other great characters like Olive Oyl and J. Wellington Wimpy pictured on the sides of the bank. It automatically locks when the first dime is put in and opens again when it reaches $5.00. A counter on the front of the bank keeps track of each dime inside!
Popeye first appeared in 1929, in the daily King Features comic strip "Thimble Theatre".
We love this tin bank because it depicts the classic Popeye on the front, complete with muscled tattooed arms, his trademark corncob pipe and one squinty eye.
He holds a handful of dimes below the bank's counter. "Pop Eye" is printed in big, red letter across the top and "Dime Register Bank" is seen in bold letters underneath.
At the very bottom of the front of the bank, a small printed manufacturer's mark reads "Copr. King Feat Synd. 1929".
The lithography is in really good condition; it's still vibrant and colorful.
The left side of the bank shows Olive Oyl's head on a bright yellow background, while the bottom side has a picture of one of Segar's Popeye "extras". Though he doesn't really have a name, characters like this one were often seen in Roughouse's Cafe.
Our favorite character, J. Wellington Wimpy, is shown on the right side of the bank wearing his trademark bowler hat.
His famous phrase was "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today". Maybe if Wimpy had had a dime bank like this one, he would not have had to constantly buy hamburgers on credit.
You will find an opening on the reverse of the bank where your dimes can be retrieved. A little door that reads "At $5.00 Move Lever To Right" slides to expose the inside of the bank.
The door reads "Made in U.S.A. Automatic Register Bank Locks At First Dime Unlocks at $5.00".
The back also features a pretty green and black faux-bois background.
There are some signs of wear and a few surface scratches but, overall, this little bank is in great condition.
Make it an unexpected stocking-stuffer for the person who has everything (except an original tin-lithographed Popeye Dime Bank, of course)!
Measurements: 2 ½" long, 2 ½" wide, ¾" tall Weight: 58.6 grams (2.07 oz)