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British Industries Fair - 1926

HRH The Duke of York, later King George VI, at the British Industries Fair in February 1926. The large model of a Home Safe, with actual examples on the top, was on the Bank's stand. Seeing a card attached announcing that deposits placed in the model would be passed on to hospitals, he made a donation - an example followed by his brother, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) a few days later. Also in the the picture are the Lord Mayor (Alderman Bower) and the President of the Chamber of Commerce (Councillor H E Parkes - extreme right).

 

An article in the Birmingham Post of February 20th 1926 contained the following paragraph:

At the stand of Taylor, Law, and Co., of Birmingham, his Royal Highness was shown one of the metal 'home savings banks,' of which over 10,000 have been supplied to the Birmingham Municipal Bank for the use of children, and of people who live at some distance from the branches of the bank. 'It's a good job you can trust Birmingham children with the money,' he remarked. Later at the special exhibit which the Municipal Bank is making, the Duke was informed that 100,000 had been saved by means of these 'money-boxes,' which can only be opened by bank officials. A large-size model of the home savings bank was on view in which visitors were invited to place contributions in aid of the Birmingham hospitals, and the Duke slipped a folded Treasury note through the slot.

 

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