Because of the historical charm which I feel it lends to the bank. The cage for the fly wheel, which is to the left side of the girl, is red and yellow with blue trim, while the major housing has sides that are red and green. The base of the bank is green with gold trim and the support bar that holds the girl is blue.Last, but by no means least, the braided jump rope is gold.The example of this bank pictured in Figure I shows a tiny antique bell attached to the eyelet.This was apparently a replacement for the tassel by the original owner.Secure in the knowledge that my new found friend will hold the numbers one and two spots in line. He is a bit disappointed at the realization that others are ahead of him, but graciously accepts the number four position on the line. A look of frustration and dissatisfaction appears upon his face as he sees that there are four people ahead of him. As additional people began arriving, I realized that my first bank choice was also the first choice of 90% of the other collectors. from Chicago graciously allows his room to serve as the registration center and Ira is called upon to register the new arrivals. I am thanked for this unbelievable experience and for the new world which has been opened to him.I remain free to spend my nights dreaming of that "one great bank" the reason I am willing to "vacation" at the Statler. It is somewhat reassuring to see other people waiting, proving that there are other obsessed persons in this world of bank collecting. Within three hours, the hallway in front of 600A becomes crowded with people. The day of the sale approaches; there is electricity in the warm, stuffy hotel air. Ira can't wait to enter that forbidden room housing 600 of Edwin Moslers mechanical banks. As I leave Suite 600A for the last time, carrying many of the great Mosler rarities, I notice another collector friend has been eyeing me enviously. I stop and ask him whether he thought it was a crazy idea to endure the tedium of waiting just for that number one tag.After introductions and discussion of mechanical banks, I was convinced that my search need not continue. I proceeded to rent a room on the sixth floor, not more than twenty feet from the infamous Suite 600A, where I slept the next five nights as Ira stood vigil a beer in one hand and a book in the other. The outward appearance of the office remains unchanged, but it now lacks the warmth and friendliness imparted by its former occupant.Saturday approaches: I'm still number one, and Ira is second. It is with difficulty that I glance at his chair as I pass the large walnut desk.
As doubt creeps in, Ira glibly reassures me that" the early bird catches the worm," and asks for his next day's pay. to realize that others are possessed with equal determination. After payment is made, my friend Ira bids me farewell.However, if some unscrupulous person should take it upon himself to bless us with several of his private castings.I have included a base diagram identifying the bank's size and proportions (Figure 3).The purchase of this treasure involved the planning of how far in advance of the sale must one begin standing in line. I found this desperate soul on an unemployment line in Brooklyn, and coincidentally he was in the number one position there. Only five days before the sale and still no one had arrived. As I enter Ed's office the same room in which I've spent so many memorable hours engaged in friendly bank conversation with Ed a sadness passes over me.This individual was perfect a recent graduate from college in need of a job and possessing unquestioning patience. Ira didn't know what to make of the situation, but he didn't object since I had given him his first payment in advance; however, I did catch him eyeing me suspiciously for the next few days. Ed's banks, which had meant so much to him, are in evidence, but Ed is no longer here to enjoy them.However, after some contemplation, I couldn't resist relating the tale of a man obsessed in his desire to own a bank belonging to one of the most prestigious collectors of all time the late Edwin Mosler. After all, the ad announcing the bank sale did state "choice of banks would be handled on a first come-first served basis." I began wondering if anyone else was already standing in line. I immediately took a discreet stroll up to the sixth floor of the Statler Hilton. No one standing in front of Suite 600A, the office housing the Mosley collection.