Posted 10 years ago
This PC was in an album of 40 that recently purchased, I knew it was a WWI tank, but unsure of why it was called a Tank Bank. So.......
In November 1917 two tanks took part in London's Lord Mayor's Show. The recent successful participation of the tank in the Battle of Cambrai had fired the public imagination, their appearance in the show proved very popular with the spectators who were fascinated by this new "wonder weapon". The National War Savings Committee decided to capitalize upon this fascination and use the tank to sell War Bonds and War Saving Certificates. On November 26 1917, battle scarred Tank 141 "Egbert" was brought over from France and put on display in Trafalgar Square.
The campaign was soon extended to the whole of the country, the touring tanks would spend a week in a town or city with two young ladies selling war bonds from a table set up inside the tank. A competitive spirit was engendered between the visited locations, the town or city that invested the most per capita would win the tank "Egbert". The eventual winner of the competition was West Hartlepool, who raised £31 9s 1d per capita (between the period of October 1 1918 - January 18 1919) equivalent to approximately £1300 in 2009.
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