Humpty Dumpty

The Humpty Dumpty card is one of the more common mechanical bank card, but it is one of the most beautiful. Its indifferent background is more than offset by the striking foreground image of the clown. The image on this card, as well as the bank itself, was supposed to resemble Humpty Dumpty the Clown as portrayed on stage by the popular actor George Fox.

Note the advertising imprint of the bank's manufacturer, Shepard Hardware Co., in the panel at the bottom.

This card was printed by the Courier Lith. Co. of Buffalo, New York, and issued in 1884. It is shown here at 85 percent of actual size.