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Jolly Sailor Coin Bank

Object Number: 
INV.8239
Date: 
ca. 1957
Medium: 
Ceramic, felt, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. ( 13.3 x 14 x 7.9 cm )
Marks: 
painted: on bottom of bank: "THE SEAMEN"S BANK FOR SAVINGS/TO OPEN PRY UP" printed: on top of box, center square: "PRESENTED WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF/The/SEAMEN'S BANK/for SAVINGS/Chartered 1829/Main Office: 30 Wall Street/Fifth Avenue Office: 546 Fifth A
Description: 
Ceramic still bank depicting sailor holding sack over his shoulder and striding along; sailor dressed in white cap, jacket, wide trousers, and black shoes, with black hair and painted facial features; coin slot in top of sack and cap for retrieval at bottom; bottom covered in white felt; in original box.
Gallery Label: 
In an advertisement in The New York Times from July 2, 1957, the Seamen's Bank for Savings offered a free Jolly Sailor Coin Bank to be "given to everyone who opens a new savings account of $5 or more--as long as the supply lasts." Soon after, the then-Assistant Director and Librarian James J. Heslin requested an example to be preserved in the New-York Historical Society "since we collect business advertising for our museum and library [letter, July 5, 1957]".
Credit Line: 
Gift of The Seamen's Bank for Savings, 1957
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group