"Plan-It" Mechanical Bank, circa 1959

Summary

Many early space toys depicted outer space as a futuristic fantasy world. But when space travel became possible, these toys portrayed a more realistic and scientific vision. The "Plan-It" bank from about 1959 features the then nine planets -- possible destinations for future American astronauts as the U.S. entered the space race.

Many early space toys depicted outer space as a futuristic fantasy world. But when space travel became possible, these toys portrayed a more realistic and scientific vision. The "Plan-It" bank from about 1959 features the then nine planets -- possible destinations for future American astronauts as the U.S. entered the space race.

Artifact

Mechanical bank

Date Made

circa 1959

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2018.82.5

Credit

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

Material

Metal
Polyvinyl chloride

Color

Silver (Color)
Blue
Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 4 in

Diameter: 9 in

Inscriptions

on bottom: ASTRO MFG. INC. E. DETROIT, MICH. / A BERZAC CREATION / PLAN-IT BANK / PAT. PENDING on rings on top: MERCURY 88 DAYS / VENUS 224 DAYS+ / EARTH 365 DAYS+ / MARS 686 DAYS+ / JUPITER 4,443 DAYS+ / SATURN 10,759 DAYS+ / URANUS 30,685 DAYS+ / NEPTUNE 60,187 DAYS+ / PLUTO 90,469 DAYS+ label on top: ORBIT Your [Savin]gs . . .to LOCAL [?] [CRED?]IT UNION / 14880 Wyoming [?] TE 4-0359

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