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Object ID 001291

Object Name Benjamin Franklin toy cash register

Object Desc Metal toy cash register made by the South Bend Toy Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001105

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 1, Shelf 14

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords South Bend Toy Mfg. Co.,toys,cash registers,Franklin, Benjamin,metal toys,

Title Benjamin Franklin toy cash register

Description Brass colored metal toy cash register from the South Bend Toy Manufacturing Co., Inc. all plastic keys intact, in working condition. Glass screen showing amounts paid when pushing keys. Front drawerr reads, "Benjamin Franklin Cash Register." Back side shows a crest with the South Bend mark, a portrait of Benjamin Franklin and dates of birth and death, and the phrase, "Good Will Ambassador."


Approx Collection Date

Height 7.5

Length 7.5

Width 6.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker South Bend Toy Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Maker Details The South Bend Toy Manufacturing Company was incorporated December 22, 1882, after being established in 1874. Frederick Badet, a grocery clerk, and John Teel, a woodworker, originally started the company. The company began manufacturing croquet sets and other wooden toys. Croquet was, at the time, the only acceptable game for women and girls to play. Later, children’s wagons and doll carriages were built. In 1888 the company built occupied a factory building on High Street near Ohio and Sample Streets. The company employed about 225 people in the early 1900s. In 1973 the company moved to a new building on Sample Street between Kentucky and Lake Streets. Unfortunately, due to increased foreign and domestic competition, South Bend Toy Works went out of business in 1981, however, Milton Bradley had bought the company and finally closed the South Bend factory in 1985.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1105



Date JAN 22,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Some signs of wear from usage on keys and platform on top of drawer opening. No significant dents or scratches, could be cleaned up as well. Buttons and drawer work. Glass screan and markers indicating the buttons pushed work too.


Date JAN 22,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 22,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 17 from Bay View Pharmacy - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 14 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin