This is the original box for a mechanical bank that is the first such bank produced by Duro, the Detroit-based company that began producing this model in 1947. Such banks were made to be distributed by individual bank branches as a part of promotions. A spring-loaded mechanism could launch a coin placed on the pedestal to enter the bank in the middle of the bull's eye. The design of the box, which includes a mushroom cloud, reinforced the bank's name. Although this bank was not space-themed, the other seven models produced originally by Duro in the 1950s did have space themes.
Raymond Reines donated this bank to the Museum in 2011.
Gift of Raymond R. Reines. Dedicated to the Berzac Family, in honor of Team NASA.