Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Strato Bank

Can you believe banks in the 1950s used to give away things as cool as this, for free?  It's true! The Strato Bank was a promotional item given out to young customers, encouraging them to save their pennies, nickels, and dimes. The 8 1/4 inch long, cast metal mechanical bank originally had labels on the sides identifying its affiliated institution.

After loading a coin on top of the spaceship, a spring loaded mechanism blasts it into the moon with the press of a button. Super, super cool.


The coins go right in front of the little red plane on top of the spaceship, and the button just before the tail fin shoots them away.


I think we'd all like bankers a lot better today if they still gave us things like this.

7 comments:

  1. Tracy, I love your blog. I found some little plastic figures similar to your R & L ones, but not quite. I can't find them anywhere on the internet, do you think you can take a look at a photo and tell me what you think they might be?

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  2. Tracy,
    I have had one of these STRATO BANKS since I was 5 or 6yrs. old. Was playing with it again today. I keep it on top of my bedroom dresser. Couldn't resist shooting a coin into the moon again. Couldn't help but wonder what this thing might be worth (dollar wise) these days. Can you help?

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  3. Hi there, I'm afraid they're not terribly valuable, as so many of them were given out. Used ones seem to be in the $25-50 range, mint examples a bit more. But they are fabulous toys, and a lot of fun to play with!

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  4. Hi Tracy,
    My brothers and I had one of these we shared as kids. I guess one of them has it now but was wondering if I could find one for myself. I haven't seen any on Ebay. Do you know of any for sale?
    Phil

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  5. Hi Phil,

    There are tons of these banks out there now, so it shouldn't be too hard to replace your childhood one. I just checked at ebay, and there are quite a few listed. Just type "strato bank" in the search bar, and you should see them. You'll want to compare them, b/c prices vary widely. A typical good price is in the $30-45 range there. Good luck!

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