Dinky Toys were introduced in 1931 as 'Modelled Miniatures', and these delightful diecast metal toys, which instantly became bestsellers, still give pleasure to both children and adults. More than 1,000 different subjects were modelled, mostly transport related; they include cars, vans, lorries, busses, trains, military vehicles, aircraft, ships, and figures. Using colorful illustrations, David Cooke explains the history of Dinky Toys, which were also masterminded Meccano and Hornby trains. This introduction to one of the best-known and-loved ranges of toys is ideal for both toy collectors and for those with a nostalgic interest in the toys of yesteryear.
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About the Author
David Cooke has always been a keen toy collector. In 1972 he founded the South West Model Club, and in 1979 the East Anglican Model Club. He is Toy Curator and trustee at Bressingham Steam Museum in Norfolk.
Table of Contents
Chronology of the history of Meccano Ltd and Dinky Toys; Dinky Toys - 'A fascinating hobby'; The pre-war years (1931-41); 'The ones without windows' (1946-58); The final years (1959-79); Further reading; Places to visit; Collectors' clubs and other organisations