J. Chein & Company Bank
Lithographed Tin Globe Bank
This is a tin globe bank made about 1947. It was manufactured by J. Chein (pronounced “chain”) and Company, a leading American toymaker that was in business from 1903 to 1992. Today they are famous for their toys and banks made of lithographed tin. The company started as a metal-stamping business in a loft in NYC. Among the products they made were small tin toys for Cracker Jack box prizes and five and dime stores like Woolworth’s. They also produced licensed products for Walt Disney and the “Peanuts” characters as well as the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. Today these items, as well as the biscuit tins, cars and trucks they later made, are very collectible items.
Identifying this globe was simplified because of a small shield printed on it in the area of the North Pacific Ocean. It reads, “J. Chein & Co. Made in U.S.A.”. The date for this globe was determined by the specific names of the countries on it. This is the website I used to arrive at an approximate date: http://www.ultimateglobes.com/Articles.asp?ID=167.
Here at Retroplanet.com we are surrounded by all things retro. Not only the things we sell but original items and collections that decorate our offices. We thought it might be interesting each week to bring you a photo and information of an interesting, and maybe unusual, retro item we have kicking around. Please note these items are not for sale.