Vending banks of Stollwerck
Article by Gerhard Gross
Stollwerck
The enterprise which was based in 1839 in Cologne, began already in the last quarter of the 19th century with new advertising and sales methods to make attentive on themselves. Today these sale averages are important collective objects: Wrappings, collecting-pictures, automatic vending machines and saving-automats of sheet steel. After the success of the big automatic vending machines from 1890 also automats being offered in the toy format - however exclusively for chocolate.
Stollwerck
This sheet steel toy was only completely sold with filling. The toy automats had a single mechanism: One could remove back wall and roof and take so again the thrown in coins. Of this money of course again the refills from Stollwerck should be acquired. An amount for the saving also still agreed, however. The saving-automats were a full success: to 1902 already 750.000 pieces were sold. Manufacturer was, however, not Stollwerck itself, but the company Anton Reiche from Dresden. The specimens were mostly very much fine and printed in high quality. The most valuable pieces are today the automats with colorful fairy tale motives. Interesting for the specialist are also the prints in different languages that were determined for the export.