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Ever since my boyhood newspaper route I’ve had a fondness for coins and money, and as an adult I started to seriously collect coins as a hobby. Well, that hobby led to another: Antique Mechanical Banks. When I happened upon a Strato Bank in an antique store, I had to research it because I’d never seen anything like it before. When I first discovered these old mechanical toy banks, I never thought I’d be donating to museums, meeting astronauts and commi...  See More

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space-truckin posted an update

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The eighth museum to have acquired Astro Mfg. and Duro Mold & Mfg mechanical banks chose just two specimen: A Berzac Creation Guided Missile Bank and a Destination Moon Bank. The Guided Missile Bank has a label promoting a bank in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and the Destination Moon Bank had been signed by Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter. President John F. Kennedy once owned a Berzac Creation Guided Missile Bank which, through a short time, worked its wa...  See More

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FUNKO SNOOPY POP PEANUTS ASTRONAUT

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HENRY FORD MUSEUM Pop Up Exhibit Destination Moon

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The second museum (after USS Intrepid, NYC) to display a donated bank, the Henry Ford Museum is just down the road from where these banks were made in East Detroit.
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Destination Moon Group Of Signed Banks

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Cunningham, Borman, McDivitt, Schweikart, Stafford, Collins, Aldrin, Bean, Gordon, Mitchell, Haise and Lovell (Apollo 13,) Scott, Worden, Duke and Cernan have all signed a Destination Moon Bank.
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Millenium Collection

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Space Race Mechanical Banks

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My blog from 2014... http://macdaddyrico-macdaddybanks.blogspot.com/
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Here's your opportunity to own a unique, historically significant, autographed artifact...Several models available...
a year ago
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The Alan Bean signed rocket bank has been SOLD..!
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The Scott Carpenter signed Destination Moon Bank is under consideration for acquisition by the JFK Museum...
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space-truckin posted an update in NASCAR Racing

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SCARCE VINTAGE RUSTY WALLACE MILLER GENUINE DRAFT BILLIARDS TABLE LIGHT FOR SALE LOCAL PICK-UP IN AUSTELL/POWDERS SPRINGS/MARIETTA, GEORGIA AREA (unless you want to pay for UPS shipping.) USED & FROM THE ESTATE OF BAR OWNER WHERE THIS HUNG FOR MANY YEARS. CONTACT ME IF INTERESTED.

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SPACE TRUCKIN' AT THE LONE STAR MUSEUM, HOUSTON, TEXAS...

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Vintage Scooter Bank Customized For Gift

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I chose the 2005 "tag" because that was the year Mooney Motorsports was founded...
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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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Welcome, the nine more members who've joined...

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space-truckin posted an update in Space Race

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Welcome all new members...Feel free to post or comment...

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space-truckin posted an update in Die-cast Cars

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To any and all who might be interested: I have an associate who has more than 350 American Muscle die cast cars that they need to sell... To the best of my knowledge, they are all mint in original boxes, never having been removed. After Spring Break begins I will go to Cartersville to check them out... Message me with serious offers only.

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Still awaiting word from the owner...I also plan on listing them on eBay with a very low starting price...
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1957 A Berzac Creation

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This is truly a stunning collection. And signed to boot!
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Thank you very much...This small group is just a part of a bigger collection of signed banks, which could be seen here...


https://gemr.com/user/space-truckin/items/item/WgXm9A_wMgARXzJZ/2017-GROUP-SHOT-ASTRONAUT-SIGNED-MILLENNIUM-COLLECTION...?affiliate=false
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Thanks!
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Thank you..!
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Non Space Race Banks By Duro, Astro & Vacumet

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These are just three examples of different model type banks made by Duro, Astro and Vacumet. Astro and Vacumet went on to produce many other types of banks, mostly still banks.
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Other Bank Types include Picture Frame & Troll Banks...
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space-truckin posted an update in Banks

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Welcome the 221 members who've joined this club... Why not post some of your banks..?

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space-truckin posted an update in Space Race

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Welcome the 306 members who've joined this club... Why not post some of your artifacts..?

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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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Welcome the now 194 members who've joined this club...

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space-truckin posted an update

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The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Annual Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show / Space Rendezvous will take place in a new venue this year. After ten years at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, this year's event will be held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this November...

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The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Annual Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show / Space Rendezvous will take place in a new venue this year. After ten years at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, this year's event will be held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this November...

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space-truckin posted an update in Toys

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Took Just 8 Hours To Build...

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space-truckin posted an update in Space Race

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8 Hours to assemble, with plenty of breaks... Well worth the effort..!

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space-truckin posted an update in Banks

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Canada Dry Gemini Astronaut Water Bottle Bank... Complete & in Mint Condition..! From limited information gathered from the internet, these were issued to journalists rather than sold to the general public...

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Sold at this past Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show in Cape Canaveral to one of my favorite customers...
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Canada Dry Gemini Astronaut Water Bottle Bank... Complete & in Mint Condition..! From limited information gathered from the internet, these were issued to journalists rather than sold to the general public...

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Sold at this past Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show in Cape Canaveral to one of my favorite customers...  
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space-truckin posted an update in Banks

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Welcome to the Club, 118 Members who joined... Why not post some of your artifacts..?

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Welcome to the Club, 84 Members who joined... Why not post some of your artifacts..?

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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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Welcome to the Club, 107 Members who joined... Why not post some of your artifacts..?

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Vendor Badges...

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space-truckin posted an update in Space Race

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Welcome the 56 members who've joined this club... Feel free to post your artifacts and share your stories..!

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Welcome the 56 members who've joined this club...

Feel free to post your artifacts and share your stories..!
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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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Welcome the 66 members who've joined this club... Feel free to post your artifacts and share your stories..!

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Welcome the 66 members who've joined this club...

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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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Welcome to the club..!

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Welcome to the club..!
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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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1939-1940 New York World's Fair leatherette Book Bank...

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1939-1940 New York World's Fair leatherette Book Bank...
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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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A plastic "piggy" bank with original box...

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A plastic "piggy" bank with original box...
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Love it
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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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14 Karat solid gold...3 Dimensional Unispheres individually hand-crafted in very limited quantities...many were melted back into bars for the manufacturing of other jewelry...

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14 Karat solid gold...3 Dimensional Unispheres individually hand-crafted in very limited quantities...many were melted back into bars for the manufacturing of other jewelry...
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The larger one weighs just over ten grams...
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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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The symbol of that year's World's fair was a huge stainless steel globe which included three rings representing three separate historical orbits of the Planet by both Russian and American Space Programs at the beginning of the Space Race... The Unisphere replaced the Moon of the Destination Moon Bank and the Strato Bank by Duro, which were each licensed out to United States Steel in 1961...

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The symbol of that year's World's fair was a huge stainless steel globe which included three rings representing three separate historical orbits of the Planet by both Russian and American Space Programs at the beginning of the Space Race...

The Unisphere replaced the Moon of the Destination Moon Bank and the Strato Bank by Duro, which were each licensed out to United States Steel in 1961...
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On the left is the Missile Sphere, and on the right is the Rocket Sphere...
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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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Approaching the display...

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Approaching the display...
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Beautiful 😍
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Yes I agree...Thanks..!
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space-truckin posted an update in WORLD'S FAIRS

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This image shows my donated collection on four different shelves to the left of center...

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This image shows my donated collection on four different shelves to the left of center...
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The artifacts kind of intermingle with other donations, but basically the entire left-to-center section of this photograph illustrates most of my donations...There are some donated artifacts that I don't see displayed here as well...
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Commemorative Satellite Bank

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Ooooooh. That is a beauty.
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After Tom messaged me with a picture of it I called the museum and thanked them then asked the curator whether it would be too much trouble to take and send a few images, which I posted here...
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Thanks...
It's on display on the USS Intrepid Museum...gemrceo spotted it while visiting NYC recently and messaged me a picture...
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Museum Donation Display

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Sorry...I double-posted this...
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The Henry Ford Museum is just down the road from where these banks were manufactured, and having just acquired a small collection of them became the 7th Museum who I've donated to...
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2 years ago

Brochure, Cufflink Set and Bank

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The 20X26 is super-imposed over the image of the stretched canvas copy and is not actually on the canvas...
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The original Salesman's Brochure has just been acquired by the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum, along with a set of each the silver and the gold plated tie bar/cufflinks...
I am awaiting the Deed Of Gift to sign and return as well as shipping label and pick-up from FedEx...
This newest donation joins the ones I made in 2011...
https://airandspace.si.edu/collections/search/Raymond%20Reines
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Astro Mfg Postcard Advertising Cardboard Store Display

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