I found this in my mom's house. It was mine in the 1970s and I'm happy to have it back. From googling the topic I found that there's been a ton of Smokey the Bear merchandise through the years. As a child I liked this one because you could pull the head off the body quite easily (I stored quarters and half dollars in the head - don't ask me why). This bank was made by R. Dakin Company, of San Francisco. I see that it is listed on Ebay for $50.
|When brand new STB was holding a shovel. It apparetnly broke off at some point in my illustrious childhood. However, it broke at just the right spot, so it looks like he has a walking stick.|
Photogrpahs: Tom Casesa
|Smokey was based on a real bear.|