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Toy Banks

The term “Tank Bank” originated from a tour of England, Scotland, and Wales that six British Mark IV tanks made as a fundraiser. These tanks were named Julian, Old Bill, Nelson, Drake, Egbert, and Iron Ration, and they paraded through cites, sometimes greeted by celebrities and usually accompanying by soldiers. Due to the tour’s purpose of promoting sales for war bonds and savings certificates, small manufactured banks became known as “tank banks,” even if they did not depict a tank. The collection has a number of different types of tank banks, which include tanks, ships, dirigibles, and individual figures. Many of these toy banks are remarkable in that they are quite similar to the real tanks.

Other banks are featured below including a likeness of General Pershing, a soldier, a sailor and a pair of ships.

Arts of the Great War Collection