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    Benjamin Butler: Greenback Frog Bank. 6 1/2" cast-iron bank by J. & E. Stevens Company depicting the notorious Union General and politician, Benjamin Franklin Butler. Originally a Democrat, he supported Lincoln and the Union during the war and later was elected Governor of Massachusetts as a member of the National Greenback Labor Party. He also ran for President in 1884 under that ticket. Here he is depicted as a frog with a "green back", clutching some "boodle" in one hand. His arms are inscribed with a slogan which appears to read: "Bonds and Toddy for the Masses". Retains perhaps 70% of the original paint. Patented November 13, 1878. The trap door is present, but the key is missing. The cross-eyed Butler is considered one of the most corrupt politicians of the 19th century.

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    May, 2014
    24th Saturday
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