Dinky Toys: Much Loved Dinky Toys from the 1950sHardback
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- Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 208mm x 18mm | 422g
- Publication date: 1 September 2008
- Publication City/Country: Stockport
- ISBN 10: 1904587496
- ISBN 13: 9781904587491
- Illustrations note: 74 colour photographs
- Sales rank: 376,473
Dinky Toys must be one of the most successful and collectable toys ever made. These delightfully stylish photographs feature models from the golden age of the Dinky toy - an era that will be remembered fondly by every post-war baby-boomer, both men and women. Now the subject of serious interest from collectors worldwide many of these models have re-emerged as highly collectable, often selling at very high prices. But the toys that feature here are neither pristine or shiny. Collected over the years by photographer Kim Sayer, their charm is in the chips, dents and worn paint work - toys that have been played with and loved. His affection for them is obvious, as each model is given its own delightful setting, reflecting a more gentle and innocent era.Visual puns abound - the Landrover, "a fine model of a vehicle designed to go anywhere and do anything" climbs its way up a staircase, whilst the Avro York Airliner takes off from the ironing board, and an open-top sports car zooms along fighting the gale force winds of an electric fan. Many of the photographs also play off against the original marketing tagline used to sell the models: 'Just look at the remarkable detail on this exciting model of Britain's famous centurion tank. It is a welcome reinforcement for the playroom army.' 'Here is a fine new model, the Humber Police Patrol Car containing uniformed driver and patrolman.' These are wonderful photographs that will appeal to all ages - particularly to those who will remember their days of short trousered bliss crawling about on the floor for hours on end, their imaginations fired by the splendour of their Dinky toys.
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'This book is different. It is full of photographs of the toys we loved, in the state that we knew them - chipped and bashed. It is a real vision of a real childhood. Witty, entertaining and full of memories, it is an enduring nostalgia trip for those of us who actually enjoyed playing with our Dinky toys.'Paul Atterbury, BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow'