Trick Pony

The Trick Pony card is one of the more common mechanical bank trade cards. Its colors are strangely muted, giving the card a darkish appearance.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Trick Pony card is the attractive Victorian interior that serves as a backdrop for the bank.

The Trick Pony card was printed by Courier Litho of Buffalo, New York, and issued in 1885. It is shown here at 85 percent of full size.

It's interesting to compare this card with the Speaking Dog card. These cards are similar in many respects, from overall graphic concept to artistic style to lettering. Surprisingly, though, these cards came from different printers; the Speaking Dog card was done by A. Gast & Co.