Banthrico Americana Collection 1906 Mack Truck diecast metal coin bank. This 5" long and 3.5" tall bronze colored vintage truck bank has wheels that turn.
The Chicago, Illinois, firm started life as Banker's Thrift Corporation in 1914. Their core product consisted of small, personal home-use coin banks; one of the notable ones at the time being the small "book" bank. Shaped and bound like books of the period, it could be "hidden" with relative ease in a bookcase. Small-scale versions of everything from famous politicians to household items, as well as animals and buildings, were part of the firm's catalog by the time it--along with its subsidiary, Stronghart--was purchased in 1931 by Jerome Aronson and Joseph Eisendrath, who promptly created a new business by shortening the original name to Banthrico.
Known as "The Coin Bank People," Banthrico's staff of roughly 75 highly skilled employees, by all accounts, had crafted over 900 varieties of monetary storage molds through the ensuing decades. Within that list were modes of transportation, including the automobile.As was the case with most of their products, including the 1937 Rolls-Royce we recently discovered, the autos were hand-cast using white metal (95 percent zinc, five percent aluminum and traces of lead, brass and copper). Molds were poured individually; imperfections were later eliminated through a variety of methods before being sealed in a clear lacquer. The most popular finishes were pewter and antique brass, and each featured a keyed trap door and coin slot on the underside.
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