Books for Collectors

The Safe Bank Book: Cast Iron Safe Banks Made Between 1865 and 1941

by Leigh Elmore

Made as toy savings banks, souvenirs or advertising premiums, cast iron safe banks are found in a variety of sizes, colors and finishes, and were produced from 1865 until World War II. Due to their numerous parts, coupled with the locking mechanism, they have not been reproduced.

This book is the most complete listing of iron safe banks known to date and includes a broad range
of additional information, taken directly from primary reference resources, to engage both the casual reader and serious collector. There are nearly 500 unique casting variations identified with multiple colors and finishes represented. This catalog is augmented with chapters that include more than 20 company profiles, 175 pages reproduced from original manufacturer catalogs, more than 60 ads from period mail order catalogs, nearly 40 related U.S. Patents, as well as trade cards, postcards, calendars, posters and other ephemera related to safe banks and the companies that made them.

About the author:
Mike Holz is a logistics engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard. His 30-plus years with the Coast Guard and his extensive travel has allowed him to meet and visit other collectors. In the late 1970s, he purchased a bank at a flea market as a gift. He kept it and was soon collecting banks in any form he could find. He has focused on safe banks since the 1990s. As a long-time member of the Still Bank Collectors Club of America he has served on the board of directors and is past president. In 2009, he hosed the club's annual convention in Gettysburg, PA. He currently resides in York, PA with his wife, Beth, and their two teenage children.

About the publisher:
Schiffer Publishing is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality nonfiction books since 1974, located in Atglen, PA. Schiffer has published thousands of titles on diverse subjects with a deep catalog of titles on antiques and collectibles. More information can be found on

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″, 910 colorand b/w photos, 272 pp
ISBN13: 9780764355608, Binding: hard cover. Available August 2018


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