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MB Simiele
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My Dinky dealer display and dealer material

I took photos today of my Dinky retailer/dealer items. I don't have many but since this stuff has never been showed to anyone but friends and family, it’s time to share it with all of you.

The display case is a Canadian market piece that was available from around 1968 up to the 1970's. It’s made of the typical heavy particle board that was becoming a popular building material in those days and it does not have the optional lower chest of drawers. These were made entirely in Canada, even the hardware. I purchased this in 2017 from an eBay seller. It’s in good condition and shown here in its partially disassembled state. My best friend and I rented a Chevrolet Suburban and drove to the Toronto suburbs, about a 550 mile ride from my home in CT to get it. It’s a two-man job to move one of these. It was a fun road trip and the seller and his wife were lovely people. We joined them that evening for dinner and shared some good conversation. I had always wanted a dealer case and it was a great find.

The yellow Dinky sign is a wooden/fiberboard piece that measure about 10 by 2.5. inches.  It is actually a topper from a six stepped wooden Canadian market display from around 1964. I know this as the Canadian seller who I purchased it from off eBay in 2013 told me the history on it. His family operated a general store that sold Dinky toys in Western Canada. This display was in his parents’ store. He got the topper years ago and the display still existed at his brother’s home in Western Canada displaying some other collectables. He was kind enough to give me rough measurements and it was about 15 inches across. I have often though of replicating this display as there is a custom woodworking shop near my business. 

The large store window banner/poster measure 36 by 9 inches and is from around 1965. I say that as the Vega Major Luxury Coach that’s in the motorway photo was released in 1964. It is a Canadian market piece and I obtained it from the same Canadian seller who had the display case. It has unpeeled adhesive strips that were meant to be window mounted facing outside. They are marked made in Ontario Canada. It has a few discreet push pin holes and was most likely wall mounted briefly as its in very good unfaded condition. It’s been in rolled up condition for decades and I had to use a pair of hex head sets to keep it flat for the photo.

The Space 1999 poster is small at around 10 by 6 inches. Its an USA market piece that was made for the Dinky Toys USA distributor AVA International out of Waco Texas in the mid 1970’s.  My Dinky Eagles were played with often and came out when the show was on. This came from a UK eBay seller in 2021. Note the poster shows black and white Eagle Transporters just as they were presented in the show. Unfortunately, Dinky painted the Transporters unrealistic awful green and blue.

The last item, the cardboard sign was one of the early topper signs that were mounted to the top of the then new rotating type displays for the US market that debuted during the Lines Bros days of the mid 1960’s. I think it came from Keith Harvey on eBay and he had a few of them for sale about four years ago. There were quite a few of these signs made for the displays and they are all interchangeable. It measures about 10 by inches. Jon knows these displays well as he has a few.