"Destination-Moon" Mechanical Bank, 1962

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 mechanical bank commemorates astronaut John Glenn orbiting the Earth in 1962. The rocket resembles spaceships of the time and is topped by the moon--America's ultimate goal in the 1960s.

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 mechanical bank commemorates astronaut John Glenn orbiting the Earth in 1962. The rocket resembles spaceships of the time and is topped by the moon--America's ultimate goal in the 1960s.

Artifact

Mechanical bank

Date Made

1962

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Museum Display

Object ID

2018.82.8

Credit

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

Material

Metal

Color

Green

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 in

Diameter: 4 in  (at widest point)

Inscriptions

inside rim of base: MODEL - 1000 - / DESTINATION - MOON / BANK / 1ST US DIRECT HIT APRIL 26 - 1962 / DURO MOLD AND M.F.G. INC. / DETROIT 34 MICH. / U.S.A PAT. D-54,508 / CANADIAN PAT. D-25826 / OTHER COUNTRIES PEND. on side of rocket: U S A on top of rim around moon: COMMEMORATING LT. COL. JOHN H. GLENN JR. - TRIUMPHANT TRIPLE ORBIT OF THE EARTH FEBRUARY 20, 1962 on bottom of rim around moon: SHEPARD GRISSOM GLENN CARPENTER SCHIRRA

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