Volume 1, Number 4
March/April 1982, pages 8 and 44
Walt Disney Productions©
MICKEY MOUSE MECHANICAL COIN BANK
By Pride Lines Ltd.
By Keith Kaonis
In examining the new Mickey Mouse mechanical bank, my first reaction
was — original, substantial (6-1/2" high including the base) and well
presented. Even before you get to the bank a well made wooden shipping box
greats your eye. It boasts dove-tailed corners (seldom seen in the last
forty years) and two cast and painted metal plaques on each side identifying
The bank itself is well bracketed to the bottom of the box for
shipping. It is easily removed from the box by removing two wing nuts. Out
pops a “pie-eyed” Mickey. I was pleased to see the design presented the
early rendition of the famous Mouse.
The overall construction is cast metal and stamped steel (the drum).
The painted finish is applied evenly and is well done. The piece has a very
durable look and feel.
Inserting a penny in Mickey’s waiting right hand, I tapped his tail and
he rotated sharply and deposited the coin under his hat. The action seemed a
bit stiff at first, but once Mickey gets the idea of dropping the coins
under his hat he greedily continues without fail. I found the trick was
lightly tripping his tail – not pressing hard. The mechanism is of the
“shooter” type employed for over 100 years in mechanical banks. The operator
must cock Mickey’s hand after each deposit. The key is clever; the handle is
the likeness of Minnie Mouse. This should prevent easy loss of just another
In conclusion, in evaluating the Mickey bank based on a general
comparison with the majority of “modern” collectibles on the market, I would
rate it A+. It reflects quality of manufacture; both bank and comic
collectors should greet this addition to their collections eagerly.
The bank embodies all the features of ageless permanence and is bound
to increase in collectability over the years. We are told that the Mickey
Mouse bank is the first in a series of six. Banks to follow are Minnie Mouse
(now on the drawing board), a “long billed” Donald Duck, Pinocchio and
Jiminy Cricket, Goofy, and Horace Horsecollar and Clarabell Cow.
The Mickey Mouse Mechanical Coin Bank is offered by Pride Lines, Ltd.,
620 North Queens Avenue, Lindenhurst, New York 11757. The price is $175 plus
$5 per unit for shipping, handling and insurance, VISA and MasterCard
accepted, telephone orders (516) 884-8188.
©Walt Disney Productions
by PRIDE LINES LTD.
Mickey Mouse Mechanical Coin Bank
A very debonair Mickey with red pants, brass buttons and straw hat
leads the other Disney favorites as the first in a limited series of six
Disney character banks by Pride Lines Ltd.
He stands on a drum, ready to place a coin under his straw hat and into
the drum with just a flick of his tail. When Mickey isn’t busy working he
can relax in his own wooden cheese box. And don’t forget Minnie, she’s the
only one who can take the coins out!
Each bank is hand-cast from metals, 6-1/2" tall, hand-painted, with a
non-toxic baked enamel finish and a nickel-plated drum. The internal
mechanism is guaranteed for one full year. Price $175.00 + $5.00 shipping
“Tencennial” Streetcar, Electric Railway
To commemorate the special occasion of the tenth anniversary of Walt
Disney World, Pride Lines Ltd. has produced the “Tencennial” Streetcar.
Powered by an AC-DC tinplate motor, the “O” gauge streetcar is 11" long and
mounted on a wooden display plaque. It is all metal construction, hand
soldered, with a non-toxic baked enamel finish.
Everybody’s favorite mouse displays the streetcar for all to see,
standing an impressive 4-1/2" tall with a nickel-plated “Tencennial”
medallion in his hand. Donald Duck, Pinocchio, Pluto, Minnie, Huey, Dewey,
Louie and Goofy are along for the ride too! All figures are hand-painted and
cast from high strength polyester. The entire unit is guaranteed for one
Don’t miss the trolley! The “Tencennial” Streetcar will be produced for
one year only, October 1981 through October 1982. Price $250.00 + $5.00
VISA and MasterCard Accepted
PRIDE LINES LTD.
620 North Queens Avenue, Lindenhurst, New York 11757, (516) 884-8188
“Our Product is your Pride”