Bank HaPoalim distributed this savings bank to children during the late 1960’s. Savings programs for children were widespread in Israel during this period with sponsoring organizations including private banking institutions, city governments, the Postal Service, and others. A fuller discussion is available in an article by Haim Grossman entitled, Saving is not Child’s Play: The History of Savings Programs for Children in Israel. The article is a contribution to a catalogue for an Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv exhibit – In for a Penny: Savings Boxes from Antiquity to Modern Times This painted metal bank in the shape of a book has minor paint scrapes and scratches and a slightly bent corner. The decal with an image of an elf, “Dan the Saver” holding a sack of coins has a small loss in the upper left corner. The key is a replacement, but the lock still works. Considering that this piece of ephemera was intended for young children, it is in remarkably good condition.
height – 4 1/2″; width – 3 3/8″; depth – 1 5/8″