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1994 cover scanned from my private collection


  • 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 and Places to Visit
  • Collectors' clubs and other organizations

Title: SHIRE ALBUM: Dinky Toys, Book No. 374
Author/Designer: David Cooke
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1999
Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd., Princes Risbourough, UK
Language: English
Page Count: 40
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"
ISBN: 0747804273

SUMMARY- Interior photographs are both color and black-and-white - and you get 40 pages rather than the usual 32! I was excited to see the color photography - these metal toys should be seen in all their glorious color. You get a chronology of the company and its eventual swallowing by Tyco and then the giant Mattel. There is magic in these diecast metal miniatures. It wasn't just vehicles that they modeled - they did many figures and animals as well. This is a wonderful tribute to a golden age of boys' toys, and a fun read.

I love that they always give you a list of further reading and places you can visit to help satisfy your curiosity on the subject. If I were ever able to take a real vacation, I would do it with a handful of these books in hand!