Friday, March 7, 2008

Show & Tell Friday

Show and Tell
Show & Tell Friday is so much fun! Won't you please join us? Don't miss out - take a look at all the Show & Tell's over at Kelli's House. You'll be glad you did!
Today, I chose to share about my pin money bank collection. I've been collecting the banks for about 5 years. Pin money banks were very popular in the 40's to 50's. The term "pin money" is actually very old. It was money given by a man to his wife for her own use. Long long ago, men would give their wives money to set aside. The ladies then would usually save up to buy pins for their hats. Here is a picture of the first bank I purchased. It is made by Lefton and is from the 50's.

Over the years I have added to my collection. I was first attracted to them because of the applied roses and flowers - oh and the rhinestones too...
A few years ago, my hubby constructed a cornice shelf above our living room window so I'd have a place to display the banks.
Also displayed with the banks are some pieces from my applied flowers vase and planter collection.
I really love the different purse styles. You can find them in a variety of pastel colors: pink, white, purple, blue, yellow. I'm always drawn to pink...
The most common makers of the banks are: Lefton, Norcrest and Artmark. The middle purse in the bottom picture is made by Artmark. This is probably the most rare that I have. Hard to see in the picture, but it has Dresden type lace on it.
Here is an overall picture of the banks displayed on the cornice.
I was so excited to find a bank on Thursday to add to my collection. I don't find them often, so that was a treat!
Thanks so much for visiting today. Have a most enjoyable weekend!!!


36 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

OH my goodness....they're all so beautiful. And all the pinks and whites...so feminine. I love it.

Mine's posted, tho quite eclectic today. Hope you can find time to stop by if you haven't already.

Happy weekend.

Anonymous said...

Those are so delicate and beautiful. I have never seen one before. I love the way you display them.

Blessings,

Gina

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Constance said...

This is TOO coincidental! This week I posted our lighted village pieces in our computer room. They are my window treatment for that room! Yours are beautiful! If my memory serves me correctly, the one with lace is actual lace isn't it? It seems that there is a treatment they would do on the lace before firing it. Veryt pretty!
Conie

Char said...

What a lovely collection. They are all so very pretty. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day.

Lora said...

Well, aren't those the most adorable little things?! I've never heard of "pin money". How interesting! Thanks for sharing.
Also, thanks for dropping by and looking at my collection. Come back anytime.

Penless Thoughts said...

What wonderful collections and lovely way to display them.
Susan

LW said...

I love those banks and you have a wonderful collection of them and so nicely
displayed…

I also love the clocks in your banner…

Louise

Nora Lee said...

What a great show and tell! I have never heard of pin money or pin money banks before. This is so interesting. Your collection is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

Sandra

Emily said...

Hello! Thank you for stopping by to say hello! What a lovely collection you have! It's gorgeous!! They are all so beautiful! It is a great collection! Have a beautiful day.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a lovely collection! I've been fond of these ever since seeing an article on them (Romantic Homes?) years ago, but have yet to find one of my own.
Thanks for sharing your pretties! :)

Farrah said...

I have never heard of pin money banks. What a neat collection! Fascinating history behind them, too! I love the way they are displayed and your pink wall. This is the sort of collection I would expect to see highlighted in a magazine. It would fit right in with Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion's monthly feature called "Finder's Keepers." Great Show and Tell!

I also like the clocks in your title bar!

This is the first time I've been to your site. Thanks for leaving a comment on mine!

Judy said...

Wow, everyone is so pretty.

Jean said...

I don't remember ever seeing one of these. They are beautiful and I sure understand why you collect them. Thanks!

Charlotte said...

I love all this stuff. Everytime I log onto your blog I'm blown away again at the beautiful banner. It's great.

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh how cute. I just love your shelf. Do you rent that husband of yours? LOL.
Seriously what an awesome display and they are beautiful.
BTW thanks for stopping over at my journey! Nice to meet you!

Momma Roar said...

They are all so neat - everything!!! I don't think I've ever seen those pin banks before (sorry if I'm giving away my youth, heehee)

What a wonderful shelf to display everything on too!

Thanks for stopping by my S&T!

Barbara H. said...

I love that your husband made a shelf for them! They are beautiful. I was thinking they would make a nice story for Romantic Homes magazine. They have a column talking about collectibles.

jennifer said...

I showed a bank today too! (you saw my skunky-bank already...thanks for coming by). Great minds think alike, right?
I love your 'pin money' bank - so pretty! Jennifer

stace said...

your s&t is so interesting to me....you have things that i have never ever heard of.....pin money is one of them...thanks for sharing

Sharon said...

Wow! What a collection you have! I love pin money banks! I think they are so cute. I finally found one of my very own last summer. I just love it. YOur home is so pretty!

Hugs, Sharon

Mica Garbarino said...

wow !! These are really elegant pieces. I love to see peoples collections. i have never seen anything like these before. very nice. hope to see you again. Mica

Jewelgirl said...

This is a super collection.
I've never heard of Pin Money
banks. Great Show & Tell!

Flea Market Queen said...

Oh I adore your Pin Money Banks!
I used to have a few but since my last move they have been MIA!
You def need to visit Whimzy when your in CA, it's a great store!
Priscilla

MammyT said...

they are beautiful and I love the way you have them displayed. The glimpse of your home is inviting.
Nancy

It's All Good! said...

That is awesome! I've never heard of a pin money bank before. I love the way you've displayed them. Have a great weekend.

Feathering My Nest said...

They are lovely. You've displayed them in such a beautiful way. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me. Please come again when you can. I love your blog.

Kathi

Simply Stork said...

oh those are so lovely...thank you so much for sharing...

I love to see all the beautiful things you ladies have to show us.

~simply~
(thank you for stopping by :o)

Jessica said...

What a beautiful and unique collection - I've never seen these banks before. I'll have to keep my eye out from now on at the antique store.

Rebecca said...

Aren't those the cutest, neatest things!!! I love them and the way you have them dispalyed!!

Sarah said...

They're so pretty Karoline. And thanks for the history of 'pin money' I've always wondered.

Hugs.

Heather said...

Oh, those are just incredibly beautiful. What a wonderful, unique collection! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. ;o)

Appreciate you stopping by, and your kind comment!

Jen Glover said...

Thank you for Showing and Telling! I have never heard of these before, ADORABLE!

Karla said...

That is so pretty! I hadn't heard of special banks for pin money. How fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

Muum said...

I can see how easy it would be to get hooked on these, they are really fun. I like the way you are displaying them, too! thank for visitng my blog.

Kelli said...

I have never heard of pin banks, what a lovely idea! The ones in your collection are so pretty, I love all the soft pink!
~Kelli

Cathy said...

Karoline, I love your collection! And I love how you have them displayed! Your home is beautiful! I missed getting to visit the Show & Tell Fridays this last week, but I did pop over today to tell you that I have awarded you the You Make My Day award. If you'll stop by my blog you can pick up your award and see what to do. I always enjoy your blog and you do make my day! Thank you!

Cathy :)