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Georg Brandstätter or GEOBRA started producing the coin registering banks (spardose or sparkasse) again in 1950. The bank had a design of a red Volkswagen driving along a road in the German countryside. Not only were these banks available in Germany, GEOBRA also exported the VW banks to France, Italy and Austria. Those banks were marked with LIRE, SCHILLING or FRANCS.  Most often these red VW banks are refered to as KdF Wagen era (1938-1945) and therefore become rare and more valuable although they are the most commonly found and produced in larger quantities in the 1950s.

These GEOBRA Spardose Banks are from the Rick Search collection.

Once upon a time in 1876, there was a locksmith named Andreas Brandstätter. Mr. Brandstätter planted a magical seed that would eventually blossom into PLAYMOBIL® by founding an eponymous lock and metal fitting company in Fürth, Germany. His son, Georg Brandstätter, took over the Company in 1908, changed its name to Metallwarenfabrik Georg Brandstätter. And in 1921, moved the headquarters to Zirndorf, Germany, where it remains to the present day. By the 1930s, the Company had again been redefined, manufacturing telephones, cash registers, and various items for toy shops using sheet metal, and going through another name change, to GEOBRA (short for Georg Brandstätter). At the beginning of the 1950s, Horst Brandstätter, the Company's current owner, came on board and started a new era in the Company history. He updated products, searched out new markets and sales opportunities, and focused production on his favorite material, plastic.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: GEOBRA
  • Length: 130mm X 100mm X 50mm
  • Production Era: 1950s
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Tin Lithograph
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