The earliest still banks were made from wood, pottery, gourds, and later, cast iron. Lithographed tin banks advertising various products and services reached their height in popularity between 1930 and 1955. The majority of these banks were miniature replicas of the products’ packaging.
Ceramic figural banks were popular novelties during the 1960s and 1970s. The most recent variation of still banks are molded vinyl banks resembling favorite cartoon and movie characters.
References: Don Duer, Penny Banks Around the World, Schiffer Publishing, 1997; Beverly and Jim Mangus, Collector’s Guide to Banks, Collector Books, 1998; Andy and Susan Moore, Penny Bank Book: Collecting Still Banks, Schiffer Publishing, 1984, 1997 value update; Tom and Loretta Stoddard, Ceramic Coin Banks, Collector Books, 1997; Vickie Stulb, Modern Banks, L-W Book Sales, 1997.
– Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”