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Meccano's Dinky Toys Club

Greetings all

I was reading my collection of the original Dinky Toys Club Newsletters, and I saw something strange with Newsletter No. 3. Here is it:

Do you see what I am referring?

Why of course - all the cars depicted as far as can be identified - ARE ALL BRITISH! Try and do that by taking a photograph from the same location today! :laugh: :laugh:

But hang on - there is also something very strange with the Rover in the foreground.

Yes - Britain's secret invention - a driverless motorcar! Unless my eyes are deceiving me, but I do not think the Rover has a driver, nor do I think the Austin and Morris which leads me to suspect that the photograph has been staged for the benefit of the opening of the new M1 Motorway! Not to mention all the other cars are "driving" too close to each other!

And to think all these years I thought it was a photograph of high-speed traffic on the M1. Yes, I also realize I am being too finicky! ;)

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Bruce (150)
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Well spotted Bruce!
Very accurate in fact, every single time I go south of Junction 10 all I see in front is a line of stationary cars. Oh, Ok, Polish lorries.
CW.

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Thanks Chris!!

Continuing with the Dinky Club's Newsletter No. 3, and adding to the absorbing/fasinating article in The Journal prepared by Dave, this Newsletter lists the members who were selected as winners for September, October and November 1959.

Wouldn't it be fascinating to know what became of the above winners! Are they members of the DTCA? Are their children carrying on what their father (and mother) collected almost 50 years ago? And what did they select for their Two Pounds?

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Bruce (150)
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Nice one Bruce,
First thoughts are they're a bit younger than I would have guessed, I'd have said aged 10+ in the 50's, there's a GIRL(!), and five of the 30 lived quite, and in two cases very, close to me.
Wonder if the Liverpool lad got to go to Binns Rd to pick them up?
Chris Warr.

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Chris

I think it was great to see that females were just as interested in Dinky Toys as the males. In the first awards that David wrote of, there are THREE young ladies out of the ten winners!

And here we are patting ourselves on the back with modern attitudes towards the female sex, and there Meccano was with its Dinky Toys, leading the pack!

Kind regards

Bruce (150)
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Last week a female candidate Meccano Guild member paid me a visit!

Kind regards, Jan

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Greetings!

In my last post on this topic, I scanned two pages from the 3rd issue of the Dinky Toys Newsletter, a small publication for the members of Meccano's Dinky Toys Club, listing the winners of

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Greetings all!

The above Post #7 was badly affected before and during the transfer process to the new website. With much thanks to Al Keeling, I can now bring this Post back to its original posting.  With the images that were originally attached, these can still be viewed by clicking on the link.

Bruce    (150)

22 February 2016

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Greetings! In my last post on this topic, I scanned two pages from the 3rd issue of the Dinky Toys Newsletter, a small publication for the members of Meccano's Dinky Toys Club, listing the winners of ₤2 worth of Dinky Toys for the months of September, October and November 1959.

The next newsletter saw a dramatic departure from the small booklet to a single large sheet, almost tabloid in size. The message from The Secretary, whoever he or she was, commenced with a lengthy explanation of the meaning of the word "newsletter", and why the newsletter had gone to this new size and shape. Missing from that explanation was economics, as the new format was cheaper to produce and mail than the small booklet!

However, back to the topic of the winners. In Issue 3, I mentioned that one of the winners was a young lady whose name was Miss Carol Adams, then aged 10 years old. In the 4th issue we now have two young lady winners for the month of February. (Of course it is possible there may have been more, as many winners only had the initial for their first name. (Although to be current with the time, their first name was their Christian name, a terminology that unfortunately has lost favour these days.) My scanner is incapable of scanning a large page such as the new format for the Newsletter, so I had to resort to my camera under artificial light, so my apologies if the image is not up to standard!

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 Again I pose the same question as before. Are any of these 1960 Dinky Toys enthusiasts members or interested bystanders of the DTCA?? It is hard to believe that most of these young folk are no longer young, like us, but are now in their 60s, with grandchildren of their own!!

Kind regards to you all including all those whose names now appear again in the electronic media!!

Bruce (150)  

1 April 2015

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Greetings All

How many Newsletters were issued for the 1959-1960s membership of the Dinky Toys Club by Meccano?

I have three in booklet format and three in tabloid format. Someone wrote or told me that there were more than three issued in tabloid size before the club wound up due to it being too successful and a drain on Meccano's resources. The Great Book of Dinky Toys only wrote about the club, badge, the special badge for the visits to the factory (anyone seen or have one of these?) and licences but makes no mention of these newsletters, unless I have missed it. If it was missed, how many other Dinky-related subjects were also left out?

By the way, The Great Book mentions a blue licence that was issued to club members. What year was this one, as I thought the yellow licence for 1961-62 was the last one issued.

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Bruce (150)
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Hi Bruce

I am sure that only six newsletters were ever produced and that only four licences were ever produced. I have been an avid collector of Dinky related paperwork for 20 years and I have never seen a blue licence.

Dave

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Hello Dave

Many thanks for confirming that there was never a "blue" licence issued. I wonder to what the Richardsons were referring when they included this on page 247 of TGBDT. I only have licences for 1959-60, 1960-61, and 1961-62. The Richardsons wrote that licences were issued commencing with 1958, so presume that would be 1958-59. What was its colour? Perhaps it is mentioned in one of the Meccano Magazines. It is mentioned in the first newsletter with Stirling Moss on the cover. (I see that Stirling now gets around in a small electric car these days with a top speed far less than what he has achieved in the past!)

So it appears that I am missing the first licence issued for 1958-59.

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Bruce (150)
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Here is the licence for 1958-59

Dave

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The french one was issued in 1954.
In pink colour as the real french licence driver !

Recto/verso :

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Richard

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I've never seen a French version before, I love the documentation side of this hobby

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Richard

Many thanks for bringing this unique piece of Dinky France history to our attention again! I had completely forgotten that you had posted this 7 months ago, on 10 September 2014 at 5.52pm! This is what you wrote under the topic "Driving-Licence":

Richard wrote:
"Hi guys,
Are you allowed to move or drive your dinky Toys ? I don't think so ! So, send me your collections because I am a driving-licence holder for Dinky Toys ! :laugh: :laugh:

I prove it :

It was given on the Meccano stall after driving Dinky Toys on a circuit, during the "Foire de Paris", in 1954.

Kind regards.
Richard"

Was this "licence" printed on both sides, as the picture shows what could be two licences showing the front and back. How many years was this "licence" issued, or was it only in 1954?

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Bruce (150)
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Bruce,

Richard's picture shows both sides of his driving licence. In 1954 the French dirving licence looked like that.

As indicated on the licence, it was distributed only during the "Foire de Paris" in 1954. This trade fair lasts about one and a half week so the distribution period of Richard's licence was wery short.

Enlarging the picture makes it more readable.

Merci Richard pour ce document certainement extr

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Je n'en ai jamais vu d'autres ! En fait, j'ai deux exemplaires, ce qui a permis de faire une seule prise en pr

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"Here is the licence for 1958-59

Dave"

Greetings all!

Adding to Dave's contribution of the cover of the 1958-59 licence, the following are the other three licences issued for Meccano's Dinky Toys Club, showing both front and rear covers:


The print number is interesting. In 1959 the number printed was 35,000, 1960 was 100,000 and then the number takes a slight nose-dive to 90,000 for 1961. Was this an indication that interest was starting to wane, or that 1960 had an optimistic print run that was not quite succeeded?

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Bruce (150)
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Years ago, around 1958-1960, when I was a young boy and buying several Dinky's directly from H.Hudson Dobson, I was receiving several packages in the mail, and they usually threw in a current catalog. One time, they included the following bundle of Dinky Toys Club membership applications......there must be a dozen or more. Note that they are still in the original bundle, with the paper tape around them.
Regards, Terry

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They were obviously trying the "member get member" trick and hoping you would encourage your mates to join the club.

Dave

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Terry and Dave

I think Meccano was covering every possible base.

Here is an example of that with an application form being included in a 174 Hudson Hornet.  The model and box has a quality inspection stamp of 758 - July 1958 - one month before the model was released. It also has the price of 3/6, current from August 1958 through to April 1959.  The next time the model sold for 3/6 was from May 1961 until it was deleted in 1963.

My apologies to those who have seen this image before in the "New Arrivals" topic! 

Kind regards

Bruce   (150)

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Dave....could be, but I only had a very few friends that were ardent Dinky collectors. For some reason, we never bothered to join at the time.
Regards,
Terry

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Terry (and Dave)

Australia too had its agents distributing application forms, although in Armidale where I lived, a small city (large town by European and British standards?) of 10,000, I never saw anything to do with the club, only what I read in the Meccano Magazine.

Here is an example of the Australian application form, distributed by LITTLE FOLKS TOY SHOP which was then located in the Old Town Hall Arcade, Queen Street, Brisbane. (The Arcade is still in existence although its name has changed to Brisbane Arcade, but the store is long gone.)

The reverse has the address where applications are processed for each State and Territory. E G Page & Co in Sydney were the Australian agents and distributors for Meccano and their products. In South Australia, the applications were processed by Harris Scarfe Ltd, a company that is still in existence with branches around Australia. It is a general merchandise store with electrical appliances, kitchenware, plastics, Manchester and clothing, so I presume in 1957 it also had a toy department.

Note that the application form is dated July 1957, with 50,000 being printed.

Kind regards

Bruce (150)
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Here is "Dinky Dispatch" from the Dinky Club of America,PO Box 850, Hewitt, Texas, 76643.

It is dated Summer 1979 so it is about 15 years after my collecting had stopped.

It is addressed to WG Halpin, 22414 Parklane, St Clair Shores, Minnesota, 48080.

Dave

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Greetings all

With Dave raising the subject of the Dinky Toys Club of America, until such time as sufficient information comes to light we may as well include material on that club here!

So, herewith is the application form that was included in the US version of the Catalogue No. 14 for 1979 - long after the UK club had become a victim of its own success. This catalogue incidentally was included in a letter to a US toy store dated June 1, 1979 that also included tags for the #6030 Display Case.

Even as late as June 1979, the impression given at least by AVA, the US distributor in Hewitt, Texas, for Meccano, Airfix, etc was apparently unaware of the imminent closure of the Meccano factory.

Regards

Bruce (150)
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An application form for the DTCA Dinky Toys Club of America was printed under the hanging box of the 1979 cost reduced US re-issue of the G.M.C. Brinks truck.

I use the words hanging box so that this type of packing can not be mistaken for the Visi-Pac, both of them are often called window boxes which is confusing.

As for the closure of the factory, the foreing agents were certainly not aware of the bad state in which the company was. In 1970, consultants were called in to improve the profitability. Their proposals were rejected at every level from the management down to the workers and mainly the six unions who were running the shops.

The decision to close the factory may have been taken as late as the day before the closing. On November 30th the manager of Airfix turned up at the factory and simply said : we close down to-night.

The unions organised a sitting which lasted until March 1980 but this did not help and the factory was demolished soon after.

If you want to read the whole story, this is the book that you need, available on Amazon and probably on order at your local book shop.

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I have a copy of Factory of Dreams by Kenneth Brown and it is a great read. Honest and truthful, most of it is a brilliant read but the last 30 pages or so are very painful.

Dave

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Jacques

I mentioned the "imminent closure of the Meccano factory" as part of my post dealing with the application forms for the Dinky Toys Club that was included in the last catalogue issued for the American market. Unfortunately, your post is taking us away from this Thread, so I have responded with a copy of your post which is on Binns Road Closes the Gates for the Last Time thread just to ensure (as you have written a number of times in the past), that we do not go "off topic"!

Dave

The book, "Factory of Dreams" is a fascinating account, and as you said quite rightly, the last 30 or so pages are very painful. But returning to the Dinky Toys Club - it is interesting that the US version continued right up until the factory closed. I was a member of the later version of the Dinky Toys Club of America, but we parted ways many years ago, and I often wonder if any members of that club having joined up with the DTCA.

Kind regards to you both

Bruce (150)
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A little bit to add to the earlier talks about the Dinky Toys Licences.

This was in the May 1959 edition of the Meccano Magazine.

Dave

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Greetings

From Newsletter Number 4, Australia hit the front page!

Again I ask, I wonder what became of Master Paul Morgan. He certainly had a fine Dinky collection. Seen are three Fodens (two first series and one second), three Guy Flat Truck with Tailboard and at least one rare issue, a 25W Bedford Truck with black front mudguards.

Kind regards

Bruce (150)
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30 June 2015

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Further to discussions about the Dinky Club of America, here is the packet of swag that was received from Texas by a new member in 1975.

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