Soon after the Ford came the Studebaker range later in 1949. As far as we know the first moulding never appeared with the cast-in hook but is certainly known with metal wheels - again very scarce. Just as the Ford mould was quickly updated, so was the Studebaker.25K (type 2)
I am an art director with over 25 years experience and in that time I have worked with many photographers to create memorable and interesting images.
I'm always on the look-out for new challenges, so when I was given access to a superb collection of pre-war Dinky Toys to use as the subject matter for a range of greeting cards, I jumped at the chance to do such an interesting project.
And it became even more interesting when I discovered that many of these pre-war toys hid a terrible, sometimes invisible secret that could destroy them.
This was very intriguing and I just had to find out more. Here's what I learnt.
Dinky Toys 930 Bedford Jekta Pallet Van
The Dinky Bedford Pallet Jekta Van was launched in January 1960 at a cost of 14/3, which had increased to 16/11 by its time of deletion.
It was available in only one colour scheme, and would have been complemented by three orange plastic pallets in the rear of the van. The design and height of the pallets were designed to work with the Dinky Coventry Climax forklift truck.
In a complete set you would also expect to find an inner packing card and an instruction leaflet.
A perfect Jekta set could expect to fetch £300-£400 on a good day - a beautiful and affordable Dinky.
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Dinky Toys 503 Foden Flat Truck with Tailboard
The Dinky Foden Flat Truck Tailboard, released in 1947 and renumbered to 903 in 1954. There were a number of different editions and colour schemes for this model, of varying scarceness and age.
The earliest 503 was sold in a plain box [above/below], and the model had the 1st type rectangular grille. The red/black and grey/blue issues are amongst the rarest Fodens on the market.
Dinky Toys 919 Golden Shred Guy Van
The Golden Shred Guy Van was released in 1957 and was featured on the back cover of Meccano's June issue of its monthly magazine, June being the month of the model's release. The Golden Shred Guy Van was produced until 1959, after a relatively short production life, which makes it relatively difficult to get hold of. Alongside the Guy Lyons Van and the 920 Ketchup Guy Van, this is one of the more desirable Guy vans.
The use of the Golly logo may be seen as slightly controvertial nowadays - In fact Robertson & Son's was seemingly forced to retire its use of the symbolic reference in 1988 (having used it since 1910), following growing pressure after the Greater London's Council boycotted Robertson's products in 1983, having deemed the imagery as offensive. Interestingly, Robertson's operated a token trade-in scheme from the 1920's to the 1980's, whereby collecting a number of tokens from Marmalade jars and redeeming them would allow one to collect a Golden Shred Golliwog Badge. These vintage badges have become very collectable in their own right, with most making £2-£3, but some selling for up to £1,000.
Returning to the subject of the Dinky Toy... given the model's original cost of 8/9, it is amazing to think that a perfect example of this model can fetch up to £1,000. Frankly a wonderful piece.
Article appeared in Collecting Toys Magazine
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