Where did the Piggy Bank come from?
The piggy bank made its debut in
People named the pig-shaped bank after the orange clay, "pygg," from which it was crafted.
The bank retained its name long after artisans stopped using the clay to produce pottery, and eventually the name "pygg" assumed the name "pig bank," and then the name "piggy bank."
The individual who formed the first lump of "pygg" into the shape of a pig either had a sense of humor, or saw symbolism in using the pig as a model. One school of thought insists that the piggy bank is fed the "leftovers" of a ones money until it is fat enough to be smashed, and the money harvested.
Years ago, in German speaking countries, craftsmen gave their apprentices piggy banks to reward them for years of learning their respective trades.
Years ago I had a big bottle in our family room where we put in penny's and you would be amazed how it adds up.
Anyone have a piggy bank?