Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mid-Century Modern Bank Building Replicas


Coin banks, made mostly by the company Banthrico, could be categorized into architectural styles. The following list of building replica still banks are considered mid-century modern - a style that emphasized large and ample windows, open floor plans, and flat planes with changes in elevation. This style emerged about 1945 and continued to the 1960s. 
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (not Banthrico)

Colorado Federal Savings Bank ( more info here )


Norwood Savings and Loan Association in Ohio


Northwest Federal Bank 


Newport Balboa Savings and Load Association 


Thunderbird Bank (made by Rehberger) 


Central Bank of Tampa

Midland Savings and Loan Association 


Joplin Bank


Mid Kansas Federal Savings Bank


United Savings and Loan


Lawn Savings Bank


First State Bank


Citizens National Bank in Chicago 


East Alton Savings & Loan

First Federal Savings & Loan in Greenville, South Carolina 


Salem Federal Savings & Loan in Oregon 


Southwestern Savings & Loan


The First Liberty National Bank


The Great Northern Building and Loan 


St. Paul Federal Savings Bank


Wilmington Mutual Savings & Loan


State Bank of Clearing


Ford City Bank


Clyde Savings Bank


Brookfield Federal Savings Bank of Connecticut
International Building Credit Union Center in Madison Wisconsin


National Bank of Albany Park


First National Bank in Wamego, Kansas

Leon Federal Savings & Loan Association (made by Rehberger)  


Chemung Canal Savings Bank

Dade Federal Savings Bank

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pottery Barn’s Mini Metal City Building Replicas


The store, Pottery Barn, is selling what could be described as micro miniatures. Made of brass with and antiqued silver finish, they are small with the tallest about 2.25 inches. The sets of cities include London, Paris, San Francisco, New York City, and replicas from around Texas. Thanks to Mark F. for the tip about these new replicas. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Designer Souvenir Buildings by Merci Gustave


A French company, aptly named Merci Gustave as a tribute to Alexandre Gustave Eiffel the French civil engineer and architect of the Eiffel Tower, is producing a series of metal building replicas. These are not ordinary souvenirs, but more like works of art. Painted with bright colors and adorned with hearts, stripes, flags or a happy face, the monuments beam with excitement. They also created a set of 3 metal replicas depicting the construction stages during the building of Gustav’s name-sake Tower. Need a VERY large Eiffel tower in your collection:  ZE BIG Stunning Merci Gustave Limited Edition Paris Tower (H 43.25ins/1.10m; Zinc Alloy: Toro Red) They also make a series of unusual Statue of Liberty models Stunning Merci Gustave Limited Edition Mini Statue of Liberty Stars & Stripes (H 8ins/20cm; Color: Mini Miss Sam-Red/White/Blue) Looks like they also have plans to produce Burj Al Arab, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, and the tower of Big Ben
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