1952 Plastic Gorilla Bank

Submitted by Douglas Wood July 17th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

My grandfather gave me this plastic bank years ago. On the back is, “Universal Statuary Corp. 1952 Chicago.” It could be King Kong (maybe Universal Statuary is related to Universal Pictures?) or, more likely it’s Bushman– a popular ape at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago who was brought there in 1930 and died in 1951. The bank stands about a foot tall and is sturdy plastic with a red plastic device that opens up a hole on the bottom to retrieve money.

One Response to “1952 Plastic Gorilla Bank”

  1. Allee Willis

    I love that this bank was actually yours and given to you by your grandfather. I think he could be either of the two apes you mentioned but I’m also going to throw Mighty Joe Young in there. His eyes really remind me of him, forlorn and dreaming of glory days past. Whoever he is he’s mighty fine looking.

    Did you ever fill him up with money?

    (The AWMOK Jungle Animal Petting Zoo is a scenic attraction whose cages are currently being filled to coincide with the release of the upcoming Pomplamoose with Allee Willis “Jungle Animal” VideoSong and online music game and contest. Jungle tamer, AWMOK creator, curator and charming hostess, Allee Willis, me, will be steadily leading jungle animals to their cages over the next 1-2 months or so as you bring them here until the song is released. If ever there ever was a category that was primed to be kitschified it’s that of “Jungle Animal” as all the stripes, spots and fur have been inspiration for designers since the beginning of time. I thank you all in advance for placing your jungle pets in such an illustrious cage as The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch. Keep them coming!)