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Jerome Aronson and Joseph Eisendraht bought the Chicago-based Bankers Thrift Corporation, a maker of coin banks, and started producing promotional metal coin banks under the name of Banthrico in 1931. The company was in business until 1985 and made over 900 different types of coin banks resembling famous people, animals, buildings, vehicles and more. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Banthrico released a series of contemporary American cars in 1/25th scale. These models were used as promotional items by banking institutions (usually in primary colours) as well as by car dealers (in this case in the original colour shades as used by the car manufacturers). Their production already ceased in the mid-1950s when plastic promotional models by other manufacturers appeared, but slightly altered re-editions were made in the 1970s.
- Model manufacturer: Banthrico
beige (Sahara tan); USA 1953
diecast, scale 1:25; acquired 2012
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