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It has now been over a century since Frank Hornby invented a toy to amuse his sons and called it Meccano, coining a word which has entered the dictionary as a term in common usage and is now known all over the world. Hornby's vision of an educational toy became the basis of perhaps the most successful British toy business of the twentieth century. Meccano has amused generations of children, encouraging many to become successful engineers. Roger Marriott here explores the long history of Meccano, charting the development of the various sets and components, which for decades have been interchangeable, and explains the endless fascination of this iconic construction toy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 149 x 210 x 7.62mm | 395g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 b/w; 65 col
  • 0747810567
  • 9780747810568
  • 188,843

Table of contents

?Introduction / 'Mechanics Made Easy' to 'Meccano': 1901-8 / Meccano 1908-18 / Expansion and Consolidation: the 1920s / The Golden Age: the 1930s / Post-war Regeneration: 1945-64 / The Final Years: 1964-79 / Postscript: After 1980 / Chronology of Meccano / Further Information / Index
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About Roger Marriott

Roger Marriott was given his first Meccano set at the age of eleven and as with many boys was immediately captivated by its possibilities of building working models. The visit of a nephew some 20 years later led to a revival of interest in both model-building in Meccano, and collecting Meccano products. Now retired from Her Majesty's Inspectorate and a career in further education he continues to be fascinated by the inventive possibilities of the "Toy that Grows with the Boy".
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