Dinky Toys

Dinky Toys

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By (author) David Cooke

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  • Format: Paperback | 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 206mm x 4mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747804273
  • ISBN 13: 9780747804277
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd New impression
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 78,449

Product description

Dinky Toys were introduced in 1931 and these diecast metal toys became bestsellers. More than 1000 different subjects were modelled, mostly transport related. They were created by Frank Hornby, a Liverpool entrepreneur, and Dinky Toys were part of the successful Hornby empire, which also manufactured Meccano and Hornby trains and establish factories in France, Germany, Canada and other parts of the world.

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Author information

David Cooke's passion for Dinky Toys began when as a child he was given four for Christmas by his grandfather, and his collection grew. In 1972 he founded the South West Model Club and in 1979 the East Anglian Model Club. David now appears regularly on radio and television describing toys, lectures to many organisations, writes articles for magazines and is the Dinky Toy Curator at Bressingham Steam Museum in Norfolk.

Table of contents

Chronology of the history of Meccano Ltd and Dinky Toys; Dinky Toys - 'A fascinating hobby'; The pre-war years (1931-41); 'The ones without windows' (1946-58); The final years (1959-79); Further reading; Places to visit; Collectors' clubs and other organisations