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"I Always Did 'Spise a Mule" (Boy Seated on Bench) Mechanical Coin Bank (Reproduction)

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Identifier: 1959-141-0009

Title: "I Always Did 'Spise a Mule" (Boy Seated on Bench) Mechanical Coin Bank (Reproduction)

Description: Reproduction of a cast iron mechanical bank with figures and action reflecting negative racial stereotypes. Bank figures include a mule and and a caricature of an African American boy sitting on a bench. To operate the bank, a coin is placed in the slot underneath the boy. Pressing a lever, causes the mule to rotate and kick the boy over as the coin drops into the bank's reservoir. A Book of Knowledge reproduction from the 1940s based on a design patented by James H. Bowen in 1897.

Rights: UND

Place:

Dates: between 1940 - 1949

Type(s): Bank, Mechanical

Maker/Creator: James H. Bigalow (Designer),

Subjects: African Americans
Coin banks
Racism
Toys

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