29b STREAMLINE BUS
The Dinky Toys advertisement in the April 1936 issue of the Meccano Magazine, included the 29b Streamline bus that had most likely just been released with its price being 6d. I state â€œmost likely just been releasedâ€ as although it does not appear in any earlier Dinky Toys advertisement in the Meccano Magazine this is no real guarantee that the model was not released earlier.
Instead I thought it did appear in a diorama scene that formed part of the Dinky Toys advertisement in the February 1936 issue of the Meccano Magazine.
However a close examination shows this to be possibly a 31 Holland Coachcraft Van, although the way this model has been positioned, was a â€œsneakyâ€ way of showing either model! Interestingly, the list of models depicted in the diorama has the 3e Newsboy sales number as being 31 the same as the Holland Coachcraft Van, although the same advertisement in the March issue corrected this. Still the list of models does not include either the van/bus in both monthâ€™s advertisement.
With the Holland Coachcraft Van having been released in 1935, I often wonder why it suddenly became a bus after less than a year in production and on sale. I also find it interesting that the advertisement for the bus does not show its different colour flash on the roof.
The following are what some publications have said about the 29b Streamline Bus:
From the Richardsons:
29b STREAMLINE BUS was issued in 1936 and is a single casting which mysteriously does not seem to suffer the fatigue of many other pre-war releases. The wheels are concealed within the body, and during its life it ran on white or black tyres, both smooth and treaded. In its brief post-war existence, the tyres are usually smooth black. The pre-war castings all had an open rear window which was rather crudely filled in for post-war issue. The painting was always two-tone, with the spats and roof stripe painted a darker colour than the body. Two-tone green and blue are common, with grey allied with a variety of other colours following close behind, but the most spectacular is probably red with maroon flashes. Post-war, the colours were very similar but the roof flash was no longer applied.
Cast body and hubs, rubber tyres. Casting with open rear window, two grooves from window to end of body (1935-1940)
Red body, maroon trim
Light green body, dark green trim
Medium blue body, dark blue trim
Grey body, dark blue trim
Grey body, dark grey trim
Casting without window or grooves (1948- 1950)
Cream and red body
Light and dark green body
Light and dark blue body
Grey and red body
Grey and blue body
REMARKS: Single casting, no name or number, open rear window, white or black tyres
REMARKS: Closed rear window, black hubs, small black tyres
Having written all this, what brought on this lengthy dissertation? Well, a few days ago I received a two-tone green 29b Streamline bus that I won at an auction not far from Sydney, New South Wales. The model was described as being prewar, however, the model has ridged hubs that should identify it as being postwar, but it has the open rear window, two parallel grooves going down the back from the window in which is dark green that extends across the top of the roof and ending in an arrow shape above the windscreen centre pillar.
So what do I have? With my model not appearing in any of the published information on the 29b Streamline Bus, is it possible that the model is a very early postwar issue? If so, why is it that it does not appear in any publication, unless I have over-looked something!