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    Posted 5 years ago

    racer4four
    (621 items)

    Another piece of Vincent's WWI memorabilia, even though this money box is a replica.

    Tanks were a very new and novel thing in WWI and the British Government used their attractions as a way of raising money to fund the war.
    Tanks (usually Mark IVs) were sometimes brought into London for display, and to demonstrate this new weapon. Along with the spectacle of cars being crushed, people were asked to purchase war bonds.

    Money boxes were also used as a way of raising funds, and so tank money boxes were made to excite the populace to save money for war bonds. The originals of this type of money box were white, and the coin slot was on the side above the sponson. The tank shape is not particularly accurate, although that was not an issue when most people had never seen a real one.

    Vincent uses this box for his savings and I had to snaffle some paper money from the slot for the photo shoot. All was returned safely.

    Lenght: 18cm

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Some great info. I know Woodrow Wilson used a lot of tactics to raise money, not being involved often meant treason.
    2. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Phil, so quick too!
      I must say Vincent being around has taught me lots of stuff, not least being things about WWI!
    3. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 5 years ago
      Tanks a lot for sharing!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Lol Jem, many tanks to you to!
    5. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 5 years ago
      bank bank bank in the tank tank tank. Thank you for posting such an interesting piece and story, Karen! Always great to visit here.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      So Phil, it was, "You will be patriotic or we will shoot you !". The American way ! (?)
    7. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      I need to build a model of one of those some day. It's a really fun tank.
    8. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      I hope not BB2, but you never know.
    9. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      There's some good MkIV models around Fort, we've got a great motorized one from Tamiya.
    10. Judoste, 4 years ago
      Hi nice to see the tank , some years ago I was trying to research these tanks I do have an original tank it was my great nanny’s I used to play with it when I was a child how it manages to survive 2 wars them me was a mirical I’ll post some pictures for you guys to look at it
    11. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      That would be great Judoste, happy to see it!
    12. Judoste, 4 years ago
      I’m not sure how to navigate this site properly but I’ve posted an item . Many thanks ste

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