MacDaddyRico

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Hello all; I've been collecting these intriguing mechanical toy banks for some time now, and would welcome any additional information anyone here may have regarding these American-made pot-metal coin banks.

In researching these banks I've run across many a fascinating website (such as this one) as well as found the son of one of the two men who left Duro Mold & Mfg. to start their own business, Astro Mfg. Most of the information gathered thus far can be read here.

These banks were produced to honor America's efforts in the Race For Space, even modifying three model types to commemorate Alan Shepard, John Glenn and The Spacemen.

Having been produced in the 1950's & 1960's in the Detroit area, I was pleasantly surprised to have discovered that all but one of the astronauts at the ASF's annual AA&MS, as well as the curator of the museum there at the Kennedy Space Center's Visitor's Complex, had never before seen these toy banks!

The coolest thing about this story is the fact that I am now a proud supplier of artifacts to the Museum Of Early Space Exploration! The final picture illustrates the remaining group of six plus a donated Kennedy Commemorative Bank.

The pictures illustrate my collection thus far, but I'm constantly adding to it so watch for new pictures if you've an interest. I'm extremely proud of my genuine Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronaut signature collection so far.

Again, I welcome all questions, comments and/or concerns.

Thanks!

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They look Fantastic. Welcome to Alphadrome. :)

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They look Fantastic. Welcome to Alphadrome. :)

Thank you very much.

And I've got to say I've never seen so much cool stuff as I see on this site and all available links to members' sites!

Thank you all for your efforts!

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Hey, great to see you've made it to Alphadrome. Your banks are amazing... Welcome to the boards.

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This particular model was actually sub-contracted to a manufacturer in New Jersey, RMS, and liscensed by United States Steel for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair.

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Hey, great to see you've made it to Alphadrome. Your banks are amazing... Welcome to the boards.

Thanks again.

Hey, my hometown! Upper West Side between Columbus & Amsterdam Ave. 90th. Street. Go Yankees!

Check out the Unisphere I added before I saw your greeting!

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This commemorative is from the Cape Kennedy Federal Savings & Loan in Cocoa, Florida.

It commemorates the triumphant triple orbit of the Earth by John Glenn.

I had it signed by Mr. John Glenn.

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*Technical difficulties, please stand by...*

Being a newbie to this site as well as to the net in general, I often experience moments such as this.

I'll figure it out sooner or later...

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The Flying Saucer Bank by Duro, circa 1956.

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Hey MacDaddy! Good to see you joined. Your collection makes me want to take up the cause again.

BTW-thank you for your emails.

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Hey MacDaddy! Good to see you joined. Your collection makes me want to take up the cause again.

BTW-thank you for your emails.

Hello again, Andyman!

Yes, I found this site to be extremely fascinating and decided to apply for membership.

Re: Emails; No problem! I always enjoy sharing information with like-minded folks!

Re: The Cause; We must never give up the cause!

May the force be with us all!

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Hi Macdaddy! Beautiful, I love them, well done in finding so many in good condition I've only got a few of these banks but have you seen the plastic version I got hold of recently, I had a blue plastic version many years ago and regretted selling it but to have this red carded version more than makes up for it...nice to see your collection! :D

Noel

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Hi Macdaddy! Beautiful, I love them, well done in finding so many in good condition I've only got a few of these banks but have you seen the plastic version I got hold of recently, I had a blue plastic version many years ago and regretted selling it but to have this red carded version more than makes up for it...nice to see your collection! :D

Noel

Cool! A plastic Mercury Bank!

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Hi Macdaddy! Beautiful, I love them, well done in finding so many in good condition I've only got a few of these banks but have you seen the plastic version I got hold of recently, I had a blue plastic version many years ago and regretted selling it but to have this red carded version more than makes up for it...nice to see your collection! :D

Noel

Hello and thank you for your contribution. Fantastic collection!

Yes Noel, I've seen the plastic versions of the Mercury Bank.

The one you've pictured here however is the Strato Bank, though both rocketships are very similar in appearances.

The Mercury Bank:

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In addition to the Destination Moon type model, RMS also produced a Strato type model for the 1964-1965 N.Y. World's Fair.

The rocketship on this model actually pivots slightly up and down, while on the Duro Strato Banks they don't.

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