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Delmar Mechanical Bank collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 109-11627
This set of papers supports the donation of 140 mechanical and still banks collected by Marjorie and Michael Delmar. It primarily inventories items in the various categories of banks into which the Delmars divided their collection. There is extensive information on descriptions of banks, purchase prices, and appraisal values.

The papers consist of the following materials, as organized and arranged by the Delmars: • various appraisals of the collection and receipts for items purchased • a scrapbook of individual item data from a computer database; data include purchase information (date, price, seller’s name and address), appraisal value, and how each bank operates • a scrapbook containing copies of receipts and appraisals, some correspondence, ephemera, catalog clippings, and photos

Original arrangement of the papers (generally by the owner’s categories) has been retained. Materials were removed from acidic, 3-ring notebooks and sleeves and were placed in archival folders.


  • 1983 - 2007

Conditions Governing Access and Use:

This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. The donor has unconditionally given intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein) to The Strong.


0.5 Linear Feet

Custodial History

This set of papers was donated to Strong National Museum of Play by Marjorie M. Delmar on December 19, 2007, as part of a group of 140 cast-iron toy banks and associated material given in memory of M. Michael Delmar, M.D. The papers, along with books, periodicals, trade catalogs, a videotape, and related ephemera, were accessioned as Object ID 109.11627.

Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

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