To all--Some of you are aware that I have been researching the life of Henry Hudson Dobson, and his almost life long involvement with Meccano Ltd, and Dinky Toys. I am preparing an article to be published in the next Journal, due out in April. Part of my research and discovery has involved trying to find out just when he established H. Hudson Dobson as the U.S. importer for Dinky Toys. The biggest clue to date is the 1941 U.S. catalog that Jan Werner has, which mentions that HHD is the U.S. distributor. So far, I have not been able to find evidence of an earlier date. John Beugels has graciously looked through his Dinky pre-war collection of boxes, and found several that were imported into the U.S., but all of them bear labels of the "Meccano Company of America", and the most recent appears to date from May of 1940.
Do any of you have any pre-war boxes or other information naming H Hudson Dobson as the importer? If he did form his company in 1941, it would mean there was a very small window of time to import Dinky's before Meccano shut down production for the war, so there might not be too many boxes with his label on them. I would sure appreciate hearing from any members who might have more information on this, so that I can include it in my article.
Best regards, Terry