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The Town of Iron Toys: the Mechanical Banks of the J.&E. Stevens Company

May 13, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by Richard Franklin Donohue, Cromwell Town Historian.

The J & E Stevens Company was formed in 1843 by brothers John and Elisha Stevens in Cromwell intending to manufacture cast-iron hardware, hammers, and a few iron toys but eventually they became the largest manufacturer of cast-iron toys in the country. Producing their first cast-iron mechanical bank in 1869, today those original cast-iron banks sell for thousands of dollars at auctions.

Mr. Donohue exhibited his personal collection of banks, telling us about their history and sharing amusing tales that inspired their design.


May 13, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Canterbury Town Hall
1 Municipal Dr
Canterbury, CT 06331 United States
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