"Rocket Bank," circa 1951

Summary

In the years before the space race of the late 1950s, many Americans viewed outer space exploration as fantasy and science fiction. Whimsical space toys based on popular movies, radio and television shows, and comics featured futuristic robots, ray guns, and spaceships. This mechanical rocket bank from about 1951 resembles those early comic-book-style space vehicles.

In the years before the space race of the late 1950s, many Americans viewed outer space exploration as fantasy and science fiction. Whimsical space toys based on popular movies, radio and television shows, and comics featured futuristic robots, ray guns, and spaceships. This mechanical rocket bank from about 1951 resembles those early comic-book-style space vehicles.

Artifact

Mechanical bank

Date Made

circa 1951

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2018.82.2

Credit

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

Material

Metal

Color

Silver (Color)
Red
Black (Color)
Dark yellow

Dimensions

Height: 2.063 in

Width: 8 in

Length: 1.625 in

Inscriptions

on bottom: TO LOCK PRESS ON KEY / LEAVE KEY IN WHILE LOCK IS OFF around inside edge of base: MADE BY DURO / DETROIT U.S.A. on proper left side of base: ROCKET BANK on proper right rear fin: PAT. PENDING on labels on sides of rocket: The OMAHA NATIONAL BANK / Member Fed. Deposit Ins. Corp. on sides of front of rocket: MERCURY on key: WW

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