Banthrico toys history

Specialized in coin banks. The banks were made in Chicago from 1931 until 1985. They resemble famous people, animals, trophies, vehicles and architecture.

In 1931, Jerome Aronson and Joseph Eisendrath purchased the business and equipment of Banker’s Thrift Corportaion, creating a new company with the abbreviated name Ban-thri-co. Both Banker’s Thrift and its subsidiary, Stronghart, were well-known makers of coin banks.

Although Banthrico continued the Bankers Thrift and Stronghart name during the 1930s, most banks were clearly incised with the Banthrico name in the base and/or trap door of the bank until the company was sold to Toystalgia in 1985.

Banthrico made over 900 different metal banks; most were sold to financial institutions. This vast variety of banks reflects Banthrico’s capacity to create designs and produce molds for custom orders of as few as 500 or 1000 units. The designs included famous politicians, actors, college mascots, fictional characters, animals, birds fish household items, food products, modes of transportation, and buildings, particularly those of the financial institution giving away the premium.

Most Banthrico banks were made of “white metal” consisting of 95% zinc, 5% aluminum and traces of copper, brass and lead. The production of the banks required a highly skilled workforce including a sculptor, mold maker, engraver, chemist and metallurgist. The production was by hand. The caster poured the molten metal into each mold separately. Later, imperfections and burrs were removed with a belt sander and buffing wheel. Banks were then colored through an electroplating process and a clear lacquer was applied.

Over the years Banthrico made incursions into other product lines including lamp parts, trophies, bookends, figurines and machine parts. All production of the approximately 75 employee company was in a Chicago manufacturing facility.

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David Williams - December 4, 2013

I have a Davy Crocket and A. Lincoln Copper or brass bank, that is in of repair. The complete trap door that screws onto the bass is gone. Can thy be repaired.
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On my links page I have a few links to toy restoration shops. Maybe you can ask them?

Charles - June 4, 2013

Would you buy a banthrico beer keg truck? I have one and want to sell it
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I am sorry, I am not interested. Maybe you can sell it on eBay or on planetdiecast.com.

Harold ( Bud)_ Tonn - May 22, 2013

Looking for Rich Vetter who lived next sstore to me in Chicago. Does anyone know his wereabouts??
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No idea, did you try Google? I had around 300 results with this query: "rich vetter" "chicago" (quotes are important). Good luck!

David - December 13, 2010

New collector with my first bank. Found it at a flea market for $.25, but lock is missing. Are replacements available? I can already tell I am going to be addicted. LOL

Chara Boehm - December 3, 2010

I'm looking for a key for a Banthrico Charles Russell bank. Who can I contact to get one?
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Search for an 'original banthrico key' on this site or try Randy's toy shop.

Mark Havermann - November 22, 2010

I'm looking for a key for a Banthrico Robert E. Lee steam boat coin bank. Who can I contact to get one?
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There is one for sale right now. Or you can try www.randystoyshop.com.

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