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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