Matchbox Toys

Matchbox Toys

by Nick Jones


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Matchbox toys were ubiquitous items for children across the Western world. Originally labeled Christmas-cracker trash by retailers and shopkeepers, the small-scale 1-75 series soon began to see unprecedented worldwide sales in the 1950s. Smaller and cheaper than most of its competitors' toys, Matchbox models were also far more accurately modeled, but the company has nevertheless seen its own share of competition and challenging times over the years.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Matchbox collector Nick Jones tells the story of Matchbox and its most famous toys, from the Coronation Coach to the Batmobile, and complements the story with beautiful, previously unpublished photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784420383
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Series: Shire Library Series , #826
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 1,139,938
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Nick Jones has been collecting Matchbox toys since 1980. In 1996 he built and compiled his first website 'Vintage Matchbox toys' which evolved into the 'Vintage British Diecasts' website, which now has over 5 million returning visitors. It features a lively toy forum populated by collectors and friends from all over the globe.

Table of Contents

The Birth of Lesney 1947-56

The '1-75' Series Regular Wheels 1953-69

The '1-75' Series Superfast Issues 1969-83

Accessory Packs, Major Packs and the Kingsize Range

The Models of Yesteryear

Service Stations, Roadways and Catalogues

The Final Days

Further Reading and Other Information


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