Before Electric Football …

Tudor Metal Products, Corp. was originally founded and owned by Elmer Sas (the father of electric football inventor Norman Sas) who created the company in 1928. One of the products that Tudor produced and sold was this Home Budget Bank.

Tudor Metal Products, Corp “Home Budget Bank”. circa early 1930′s – photography by Chris LeMay

I was recently able to purchase this example from a local antique store and decided to add it to the collection of the Museum since it is a product that was made by Tudor prior to the invention of the electric football game in 1948. 

The back of the box is stamped as shown in this picture:

“Metal stamping on back of the box ”

From what I have been able to find out about this product it was sold during the depression era of the 1930’s as an aid to help families in saving their money and budgeting it for different purchases. It may have originally been intended for adults rather than children. 

By doing a search for the Patent with the US Patent Office, I was able to find this downloadable pdf file of the original patent. 

It was invented by P.C. Ko Eune and the patent was originally filed in 1926 but not granted until 1929. 

Apparently, this example is missing the lids to the inner compartments and came in a variety of colors and other configurations as a “Google Search” yielded the following images:    

Also found these examples made by the Louis Marx Company. 

I realize this may not be of interest to many of you, but in my opinion, if you are going to have a museum dedicated to the history of the game and hobby of electric football you also have to include a history of the companies that made electric football games and some of the other products made by those companies. 

I do plan on adding more items of this nature to the collections of the museum in the future so if you find this of interest, I would greatly appreciate your comments. 

Thanks, and Happy Holidays from The National Electric Football Game Museum.

Chris LeMay,

Founder and Curator

Author: nefgm6

Founder and Curator - The National ELECTRIC FOOTBALL Game Museum

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