My Tin Money Box 1950’s by Don Matthews

A tin money box that looks like a building
Image Courtesy: Don Matthews

I remember quite fondly my money box

Just starting my life out at school

Tin, no way in I could borrow

Thrift acquired young was the rule

My passbook (from bank) it recorded

The money I’d saved in my tin

Collected each week by the teller

Riding his bike all way in (Friday if I remember…)

There he would bring out his can opener

Pennies would all tumble out

Passbook would then be recorded and stamped

And that’s what school banking was about (in the 1950’s…)


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Don’s childhood memory of a simple money box is what keeps a person grounded through life. At times, the tiniest lessons are the most impactful and they shape us into responsible individuals with strong values. The charm of pennies and the joy of saving them can only be appreciated when the mind and heart are free from greed and immersed in innocence. Many may agree or disagree, but the money box knows when it’s been handled well.
    Congratulations Don!


  2. I still have a money box Terveen.


    The bank said they don’t do tin anymore.

    Sad. It doesn’t have the same comforting rattle

    That’s progress for you. Sigh……

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