"Atomic Bank," circa 1949

Summary

This "Atomic" bank made about 1949 has little to do with atomic power. In the years immediately following the Second World War, the word "atomic" held a mysterious and somewhat magical meaning for Americans--though few understood how atomic power actually worked. Merchants and manufacturers used the word to pique customer's interest and sell all types of products.

This "Atomic" bank made about 1949 has little to do with atomic power. In the years immediately following the Second World War, the word "atomic" held a mysterious and somewhat magical meaning for Americans--though few understood how atomic power actually worked. Merchants and manufacturers used the word to pique customer's interest and sell all types of products.

Artifact

Mechanical bank

Date Made

circa 1949

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2018.82.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Raymond Reines, Dedicated to the Berzac Family.

Material

Metal

Color

Silver (Color)
Red

Dimensions

Height: 3.75 in

Width: 8.25 in

Length: 2.75 in

Inscriptions

on bottom: DURO PATTERN - MOLD CO. / DETROIT MICH. / U.S.A. on front of bank, below coin slot: ATOMIC BANK on sides of coin shooter: DURO on top of base: PAT. PENDING on key: WW

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