"The Satellite Bank", circa 1961

Summary

Many early space toys depicted outer space as a futuristic fantasy world. But when space travel became possible, these toys became more realistic-looking. This bank, made about 1961, resembles rocket ships that launched people into orbit. It also commemorates the six U.S. astronauts chosen to be the first Americans in space.

Many early space toys depicted outer space as a futuristic fantasy world. But when space travel became possible, these toys became more realistic-looking. This bank, made about 1961, resembles rocket ships that launched people into orbit. It also commemorates the six U.S. astronauts chosen to be the first Americans in space.

Artifact

Mechanical bank

Date Made

circa 1961

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2018.82.6

Credit

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

Material

Metal

Color

Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 in

Diameter: 3.5 in

Inscriptions

on bottom: DURO MOLD AND M.F.G. INC. / DETROIT 34 MICH. / PAT. PENDING / USA. AND CANADA / THE SATELLITE BANK / MODEL OF THE ROCKET FOR FUTURE SPACE TRAVEL label on front of base: The Home Savings & Loan Co. / Branches: South Side West Side Struthers Salem / Youngstown, Ohio around base: COMMEMORATING OUR SPACEMEN: SHEPARD + GRISSOM + GLENN + CARPENTER + SCHIRRA + COOPER on top of key: VACUMET / 2

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