Union Bank of Scotland savings box

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Union Bank of Scotland savings box

This savings box was associated with a bank account set up in the 1960's by my grandfather when I was a child to encourage me to save money. This was at a time when thrift and saving was regarded as a good thing, before we became used to easy credit. Once the box was full you would take it to the bank to deposit what you had saved. The bank in question has long since been amalgamated. To me it suggests that ideas about encouraging saving and a sensible approach to money are not new, the government's most recent scheme to give every child some money to be saved for its future was another attempt to get people to take responsibilty for themselves. It also evokes a time when money was saved rather than spent immediately, unless you were really hard up. Now we can spend money we don't have! I remember that it was quite hard for little fingers to push those coins into the slots and I usually needed help. There is a hole in the base into which rolled up bank notes can be pushed and I am sure there is at least one in there. Unfortunately I never did get around to depositing any money.

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