Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wells Fargo Bank Zoo Keys

San Francisco Zoo Keys sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank were issued in the early-to-mid-1980s. The blue Wells Fargo trunkey is more common than the other colors shown. Click on the photo above for a closer look.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Awesome.. what a great invention.
Everything in life is and was a dream.
To touch the lives of so many children is a great legacy.

Zoo Keys

Novelty plastic keys used in Talking Storybooks at zoos, parks and other exhibits. Children's entertainer and puppeteer Bruce "Skipper" Sedley invented the original tape-recorded-playback Talking Storybooks with their novelty keys in the early 1950s.

In 1958, Talking Storybooks operated by the Magic Key to Fairyland were installed at Children's Fairyland in Oakland's Lake Merritt Park. The familiar elephant-shaped key – Trunkey the Elephant – was created the following year for the San Francisco Zoo, and has been used at zoos & parks across America since the 1960s.