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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Toys and Games ➔ Bank, Bulldog

Identifier:
114822
Description:
Cast iron banks were extremely common in America at the turn of the 20th century; it taught middle-class children the importance of saving for future finances. 

This bank resembles an American bulldog.
Date:
1900s
Materials:
Cast Iron
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Estate Of Susan S. Stark
Maker/Donor
Estate of Susan S. Stark
Prominent Lansing community member whose hobbies included antique collecting.  Upon  her death in 1937 she bequethed her entire collection to museums in Michigan that would be able to exhibit them to the public.  Her obituary in the March 14, 1937 issue of the Kalamazoo Gazette indicated that she was nationally known for her collection of early Americana antiques and that it was second only to Henry Ford. 

The Edison Institute (Henry Ford Musuem), Michigan State University, Michigan Historical Society, Grand Rapids Public Museum, and Kalamazoo Public Museum were among the parties invited to select items from her estate to add to their collections. 

Susan Stark (maiden name Stebbins), born August 7, 1863, was the second daughter of Cortland Bliss Stebbins and Eliza Smith Stebbins.  Cortland played an influential role in early Michigan history: he served as the editor of the Michigan Expositor for seven years, was employed as a special agent by the U.S. post Office, and contributed to school law in the state of Michigan.  Eliza was active in the Lansing community, especially the Congregational Church, and was well connected to the state government, having grown up next to Michigan Governor Charles Croswell (1877-1881).

Susan Stebbins was an avid collector of items from an early age and resided with her parents for most of her life.  In 19808 45 year old Susan married 30 year old Byron Stark and she continued collecting antiques and other items.  Her family attributed her interest in collecting to her father's role as a public historian.  

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