This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Finally, Another Great Resource for Dinky Toys
Sunday, October 30, 2016 Cloudy and Cold 7 Celsius 44 Fahrenheit
Another Great Resource for Dinky Toys
Sooner or later, I knew that I'd be writing about Dinky Toys. These fabulous small toys were to England and Europe as Tootsietoys were to the USA. These toys are highly collectible, and often yield high values at auction for the rarer models. I only just started to write about Dinky Toys, and I was fortunate enough to find a wonderful sight with lots of information about these toys.
When I first came across Andrew Wood's extraordinary Dink Toy website, I was in awe. There was lots of information about the toys, as well as large-sized and excellent photographs. I wrote to Andrew and he gave me his permission to use his photos and his descriptions.
The reason that I added 2 links (websites) is that the first link is Andrew's dealership (store) where he sells Dinky Toys, while the second link is all about Dinky Toys and their descriptions.
The car above is a model of the pre-war (WWII) Sunbeam-Tabbot 10hp tourer. The 10 hp tag means that it has a 1000cc engine. It was released in the UK (Great Britain) in only 1940/41 and then re-released in the USA in 1945, where it remained available until 1954. The model was sold in the UK from 1940-1949 (Ramsey) and was sold from 1945-1954. Ramsey lists 14 colour variations to this famous car.
Interestingly, both Corgi and Dinky Toys made the same car at the same time. Dinky Toys made the Austin Healey model from 1955-1959. The "100" comes from the fact that it was one of the few cars of that era to go over 100 mpg (166 kph). The Austin Healey 100 was produced by the British Motor Works (BMC), which owned the Austin Company.
The Red Jaguar XK120 -157 above was made during the early runs of this Dinky Toy model.
Later runs were two-toned.
The Standard Vanguard was a ground-breaking car that returned to production after WWII.
The above Dinky model is a later version, which was called Phase II. The original Phase I model had enclosed rear wheels , while the Phase III model was only made by Corgi.
The RMA was the first post-war (WWII) Riley. It used the 1.5 L engine and was equipped with hydro-mechanical brakes and an independent suspension that used torsion bars in front. The chassis was made of wood in the English tradition. The RMA was produced from 1945 until 1952, when it was replaced by the RME. It was the last Riley developed independently by Riley before it was absorbed into the Nuffield organization.
Triump made this car from 1946-1955. About 1950, this car was renamed the Renown and given a 2000 cc (2 litre) engine. It's razor-edge body styling was typical of Triumph's pst-was saloons. Dinky made this model from 1948-1960. This example is a 1949 model, when the rear axle was located into the baseplate rather than on pillars cast into the bodywork. It was renumbered 151 in 1954.
As you can see, Andrew not only takes excellent photographs, but he takes the time to give the reader lots of information about Dinky Toys, as well as the cars that they toys were modelled after.
Don't forget that Andrew not only has a website dedicated to viewing and reading about Dink". That website can be visited by pressing the link below:
I enjoyed writing about Andrew's websites because of the information that he wrote. Not only that, but he takes about 8 photos for each model car. In this way, you can see all of the features of the car. So if you're interested in purchasing one of these models, you can see the condition from every camera able possible.