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Mid-century Hopalong Cassidy Promotional Children’s Bank - $30 (Grass Lake)

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condition: good
size / dimensions: 4 1/2 inches high
The original Hopalong Cassidy character was created in 1904 and used in short stories of the time. He was a real jerk who had been shot in the leg at one time and developed a limp, or “hop.”

Hollywood cleaned up the character in the 1930s, portraying him in film as clean-cut and virtuous. By the 1940s, the cowboy character was featured in a kid’s radio showi and a few years later—a kid’s TV show. Hopalong became a role model for youngsters, modeling sensible behavior and level-headedness.

Banks seized on the Hopalong craze and began using his likeness on children’s bank to promote saving at their institutions.

This promotional kid’s bank is from Worcester County Institution for Savings (WCIS Bank).

The bank is made of copper-colored plastic and stands 4 1/2 inches high. When the bank is full, Hopalong’s hat can be removed to empty out the coins.

On the front base of the bank is written “Hopalong Cassidy Bank” while the back has the name and address of the bank.

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