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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Good Evening CW Friends----(9:00 PM)2016-4-5
    This Promotional advertising steel bank was part of my Banking memorabilia collection, this particular model is manufactured by The W.F.Burns Company, located first in Chicago and later they open a warehouse in New-York City.
    This one was promoted by "The Harrisburg Trust Co"Pennsylvania, patented applied for, with serial number #153, Circa 1900

    Those particular shape of bank arbored many decor and shape, this one is the square model with the dark swirl with red copper finish, the decor on those bank are more than often rusty because they are made in steel, finding those in this condition is very rare, they have to be well take care of or surely they will rust.

    Shortly i will be very proud to share with you some of my observation, collection and research on, model, decor and different marking on those steel Bank, made by Walter Francis Burns

    -----------------------History of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-----------------------

    Harrisburg has been the capital of Pennsylvania since 1812. The site was settled by John Harris, at a point where the Susquehanna River was easily ferried. The date is not settled, but was probably around 1715 to 1718. This John Harris died in December, 1740.

    His second son, also John Harris, is considered to be the actual founder of Harrisburg. He laid out the city in 1785 and provided its name. It was changed to Louisbourg later in the same year, in honor of the king of France, but the Harrisburg name was restored in 1791.

    In 1812, Harrisburg replaced Philadelphia as the state capital. Temporary accommodations were used until 1819, when Governor William Findlay laid the cornerstone of a new capitol building. That two-story brick building served until February 12, 1897, when it was destroyed by fire.

    Harrisburg was chartered as a city in 1860. During the Civil War, Camp Curtin, the first camp for Union soldiers, was established near Harrisburg. It escaped occupation by Confederate forces in 1863 when General Lee diverted his army when it was within sight of the city.

    The present capitol, constructed of limestone and granite, was completed in 1906. About a third of the $12.5 million cost is estimated to have been attributed to graft, which resulted in the famous 1908 Capitol Graft cases that ended with the contractor and architect being sent to prison.

    With 1,100 acres devoted to parks, Harrisburg once boasted more parks per square mile than any other city in America. The jewel of the system is River Park, which extends several miles along the Susquehanna, and where the first John Harris is buried in front of the Harris Mansion.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Ah ! Some more of these neat things ! Thought you had run out of them ! So Alan, you've been holding out on us ! LOL ! Harrisburg ? I'll have to look that up. LOL !!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Hey, you're right ! It is the capitol of that state ! Moved it inland away from the British & left it's knickers where my Rebel ancestors could get a kick at them ! LOL !
    3. Gruff Gruff, 8 years ago
      Just drove through Harrisburg last week.
      Gods country and super nice people!
    4. Alan2310 Alan2310, 8 years ago
      bb2, no I am not run out of it, I have many many more to share, remember I collected them for 30+ years.
      Many thanks for the comments love and your constant support.


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