dime bank key


When googling cylindrical dime banks, I found little information.  There were plenty of ads on eBay and Etsy, but I was certainly not in the market to buy another one.  Having learned my lesson, I did not show these ads to the Great Randini.  When I showed him a brass cylindrical dime bank last weekend in Albemarle Marketplace, that one came home with us.  So deciding that what I really wanted to know was how to open these banks, I refined my search and lo and behold, I found Harry N. Andreasen.

It seems that Harry was a frugal guy and wanted to find a way to overcome the temptation of frivolous spending.  He knew loose coins in a man’s pocket were rarely put to good use.  So he invented a cylindrical pocket coin bank constructed in such a manner that once a coin was deposited in his bank, it was next to impossible for the owner to change his mind and thus, spend it on some wasteful object of instant gratification. (Obviously, a dime had lot more buying power back in the 1920s.)  Once the little bank was full, the local banker, using a special key issued only to banking institutions, would open the bank, retrieve the coins and deposit them in the owner’s bank account.  Once the Great One fills up one of his dime banks, I think he’ll have to make a trip up to First Citizens to see if they still have one of these “special keys.”  Maybe, if he promises to deposit the contents, they will find a way to open it for him.

Harry wasn’t an idle man sitting around all day twiddling his thumbs.  He also invented what he called a “novel golf tee.” Claiming that while possibly helping to improve the golfer’s game, it presented a more frugal approach to golf tees.  In my experience, frugality and golf very rarely, if ever, intersect.  I prefer to remain unenlightened on how many dollars went to golf-related-expenses over the years.  Instead, I focus on the fact that while our daughter was a competitive golfer, I logged a lot of steps on many golf courses in all kinds of weather.  Yes, I do know there are these little 4-wheeled motorized inventions called golf carts, but I preferred to hoof it.

Anyway, Harry designed a tee that would always tee the ball up at the same height on either soft or hard tee boxes.   Therefore, it had 2 legs and the one not being used to support the ball would act as a pointer showing the direction in which the ball should go.  Harry also claimed that his design would save time on the tee box, moving the golfers along at a quicker pace.  It would be small, lightweight and sufficiently strong - even mentioning “Lucite” as a suitable material.  Did it ever make it to market?  I haven’t a clue.  At this point I have not researched the subject, I’m saving that for another day.