Antedating of "Piggy Bank"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 12 05:32:08 UTC 2013

Nice antedating for piggy/piggie bank. Barry Popik has a valuable
entry on the topic "piggy bank" that has key citations starting in
1898 for "pig bank".

Here is some additional progress - a 1914 cite for: piggy bank:

Cite: 1914 September 1, New York Herald, Women Give Jewelry and Gems
to Aid German Widows and Orphans, Quote Page 15, Column 5, New York,
New York. (Old Fulton)

[Begin excerpt]
Little Annie Scheuerberg, seven years old, of No. 878 Third avenue,
walked into the bureau yesterday with a package under her arm. When
asked what she wanted she replied that she desired to donate her
"piggie bank" to the relief fund. The little "piggie" was broken open
and a handful of pennies with a few nickels and dimes rolled out on
the table.
[End excerpt]


On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
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> piggy bank (OED 1939)
> 1917 _Baltimore Sun_ 11 June 12 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  There are=
>  108 public schools in Baltimore.  In seven of them children have mobilized=
>  their "piggy-bank" savings and bought bonds.
> Fred Shapiro
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