Building Toys

Building Toys : Bayko and other systems

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The building-block has been a familiar and much-loved presence in children's toy-boxes for centuries. In the twentieth century, however, new production techniques allowed it to evolve into a multiplicity of systems which enabled any child to be both architect and skilled builder, capable of constructing realistic and sturdy miniature buildings. This beautifully illustrated book is devoted to British building toys, from the well-known to the more niche brands. Photographs of sets, completed buildings and box art and advertising material make this book a feast of nostalgia for anyone who grew up in the middle years of the last century, and an invaluable source of information for any collectors who keep the memory of these toys alive today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 146 x 208 x 8mm | 140.61g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 b/w; 70 col
  • 0747808155
  • 9780747808152
  • 634,008

Table of contents

Early Variety /Lott's Bricks /Bayko /Minibrix /Brickplayer /Post-War Plastic /High Rise /Collecting /Further Reading /Places to Visit /Index
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About Brian Salter

Brian J. Salter is a lifelong enthusiast for transport, industrial toy and model history, and is a regular contributor to various magazines. He has been involved in all aspects of commercial model manufacture and now owns the Bayko trademark. His company, Bayko 2000, produces new parts to fit Bayko building sets.
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Our customer reviews

At only 56 pages, you wouldn't expect a comprehensive history of building toys, but the author knows his subject inside out and has illustrated the book with some rare images. The quality of reproduction is second to none and will help the keen collector identify his own items. For the casual collector like myself, who lives in Australia and has a rather large pile of Builda-brix, together with one small Bayko outfit, it is a fine little volume worth dipping into on a regular basis. Well done, Brian Salter!show more
by John Tipper