Piggy bank automatic cash register

Automatic money box from Portland Savings Bank. The chrome-plated case is shaped like a book. It has several different deposit slots with graduations. The green edge features the bank’s information and promotional messages.

  • Accession Number 2020.02.473
  • Fabricant / Éditeur Standard Thrift Co.
  • Period 1st half of the 20th century
  • Materials metal, chrome
  • Measurements 11,4 x 6,7 x 3,6 cm
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Historical context

From the last decade of the 19th century onwards, many American financial institutions adopted the portable piggy bank system developed in 1890 by the American Charles Owen Burns. These boxes became one of the banking institutions’ preferred means of promoting savings. The boxes remain the property of the bank and are rented to depositors so that they can fill them up and deposit their savings in the bank.

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  • Accession Number 2020.02.473
  • Fabricant / Éditeur Standard Thrift Co.
  • Period 1st half of the 20th century
  • Materials metal, chrome
  • Measurements 11,4 x 6,7 x 3,6 cm
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© Pointe-à-Callière Collection, 2020.002.0473
Photo by Louis-Etienne Dore

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