The Safe Bank Book: Cast Iron Safe Banks Made between 1865 and 1941

Michael Holz

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Made as toy savings banks, souvenirs, or advertising premiums, cast iron safe banks are found in a variety of sizes, colors, and finishes, and were produced from 1865 until World War II. Due to their numerous parts, coupled with the locking mechanism, they have not been reproduced. This book is the most complete listing of iron safe banks known to date and includes a broad range of additional information, taken directly from primary reference resources, to engage both the casual reader and serious collector. There are nearly 500 unique casting variations identified with multiple colors and finishes represented. This catalog is augmented with chapters that include more than twenty company profiles, 175 pages reproduced from original manufacturer catalogs, over sixty ads from period mail order catalogs, nearly forty related US Patents, as well as trade cards, postcards, calendars, posters, and other ephemera related to safe banks and the companies that made them.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 910 color and b/w photos | 272 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355608

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Mike Holz is a logistics engineer for the United States Coast Guard. Over his 30+ years with the Coast Guard his extensive travel has allowed him to meet and visit other collectors. In the late 1970s, he purchased a bank at a flea market as a gift. He kept it and was soon collecting banks in any form he could find. Since the late 1990s, his collecting has focused on safe banks. As a long-time member of the Still Bank Collectors Club of America he has served on the board of directors and is a past president. In 2009, he hosted the club’s annual convention in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He currently resides in York County, Pennsylvania, with his wife Beth and their two teenage children.