Category:1940s Dinky Toys
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The 1940s represents a bit of a black spot for metal toys in general, in that the outbreak of World War Two (1939-45) shortly resulted in the shutdown of pretty much all metal toys, as factory space and materials were repurposed for war work, and metal toy production banned unless there was some special justification.
World War Two
Dinky continued production for a little while after the War had started, producing some additional aeroplane models, new sets, and then, of course, re-releasing the existing military aircraft models in camouflage colours.
Dinky advertising space in Meccano Magazine started to shrink, eventually reducing to a slightly odd selection (which presumably represented the main unsold existing stock), and then disappearing altogether, with Meccano Ltd. presumably deciding that since the Magazine itself was also having to use a smaller number of smaller pages due to wartime restrictions on paper supplies, that it was better to devote the remaining limited advertising space to supporting their main brands, Meccano and Hornby, and let the "Dinky" advertising space be bought by other companies.
One notable product that the company produced comparatively late was the Spitfire pendant. This was a version of the Dinky Spitfire plane with a tail-loop that allowed it to be worn on a chain around the neck, or pinned on as a brooch. The selling-point of the Spitfire pendant was that it was used to raise money for a fund to buy a real Spitfire fighter aircraft, with all income from the model going to the fund.
Winston Churchill seems to have been a fan of the company's products, and there's a painting of WS playing with a large Meccano bridge, but eventually not only was the production of metal toys shut down, but also their distribution and sale. This was presumably to stop toy compnies sneakily continuing to make metal toys and selling them on by pretending that they were pre-war stock. With the banning of sale and distribution, the toymakign side of Meccano Ltd.effectively went into a state of hibernation and the company switched to war work.
Post-war, new stock and new models
With the cessation of the war in Europe in 1945, Meccano Magazine announced that "A limited supply of the smaller Meccano Outfits and a first installment of Dinky Toys will be ready during December", and notices in Meccano Magazine then advised customrs to try again during the month if they hadn't been able to get hold of any Dinkies in December, or January, or February, or March ...
The first dedicated (half-page) post-war advert for Dinky Toys appeared in April 1946, announcing "New Dinky Toys" / "Now ready!". These new models were the No.38c Lagonda Sports Coupé and the No.153a Jeep, although these initial models were apparently 1930s designs created before the war, but which hadn't been able to be put into production. The same two "New!" models were then advertised until August 1946, when they were joined by an Avro York (No.70a). It then took until October 1946 for these three new postwar models to be joined by another two "coming soon", the Jaguar Sports Car No.38f, and the Gloster Meteor Jet Fighter No.70e.
By December 1946 (over a year after the War had ceased), the total of new models had still only increased to seven, with the addition of the Tempest II Fighter No.70b, and the Armstrong Siddeley Coupe No.38e. This increased to eight in 1947, and October 1947, then saw the appearance of three new Foden and Guy lorries as Dinky Supertoys.
New Dinky Toy production ramped up over the next few years, but apart from some of the WW2-era planes and military vehicles, it was a decade that (until around 1948-1949) found it difficult to leave its mark on the product range, with many of the new cars being open-topped prewar vehicles (like the Jaguar SS100 which had ceased production back in 1940). Until the large agricultural vehicles and commercial vehicles started to turn up in 1947-1949, there wasn't much to distinguish most of the 1940-47 Dinkies from the Dinky Toys of the 1930s in terms of production and design.
Pages in category ‘1940s Dinky Toys’
The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total.
Media in category ‘1940s Dinky Toys’
The following 28 files are in this category, out of 28 total.
- Aircraft in Service Camouflage, Dinky Toys 68 (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,800 × 1,791; 427 KB
- Airspeed Envoy Monoplane, Dinky Toys 62m (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,312 × 1,794; 284 KB
- Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Bomber, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 62t (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,421 × 2,130; 394 KB
- Army Co-operation Autogiro, Dinky Toys 66f (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,436 × 885; 102 KB
- Boeing Flying Fortress, Dinky Toys 62g (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,199 × 1,963; 349 KB
- Bristol Blenheim Bomber, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 62d (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,145 × 2,100; 408 KB
- Buick Viceroy Saloon, Dinky Toys 39d (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,660 × 960; 140 KB
- Camouflaged Aeroplane Set, Dinky Toys 66 (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,600 × 1,197; 213 KB
- Camouflaged Aircraft Set, label artwork (Dinky Toys Set No 68).jpg 3,000 × 1,843; 1.73 MB
- Chrysler Royal Sedan, Dinky Toys 39e (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,538 × 858; 140 KB
- Dinky Toys Army Vehicles (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,648 × 2,200; 2.18 MB
- Dinky Toys, page 2 (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,233 × 1,600; 491 KB
- Dive-Bomber Fighter, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 66b (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,328 × 820; 87 KB
- Fairey Battle Bomber, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 60s (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,186 × 1,660; 250 KB
- Hawker Hurricane Single-Seater Fighter, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 62h (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,127 × 1,899; 303 KB
- Heavy Bomber, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 66a (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,535 × 847; 114 KB
- Imperial Airways Frobisher Class Liner, Dinky Toys 62w (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,310 × 1,812; 316 KB
- Junkers JU 89 Heavy Bomber, Dinky Toys 67a (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,789 × 2,130; 448 KB
- Lincoln Zephyr Coupe, Dinky Toys 39c (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,532 × 843; 134 KB
- Mayo Composite Aircraft, Dinky Toys 63 (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,168 × 2,008; 423 KB
- Medium Bomber, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 66e (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,173 × 711; 74 KB
- Oldsmobile Six Sedan, Dinky Toys 39b (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,374 × 784; 127 KB
- Packard Super 8 Touring Sedan, Dinky Toys 39a (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,632 × 850; 155 KB
- Saloon Cars, Dinky Toys 39 (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,600 × 909; 222 KB
- Studebaker State Commander Coupe, Dinky Toys 39f (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,606 × 947; 152 KB
- Torpedo Dive Bomber, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 66d (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,316 × 801; 92 KB
- Two-Seater Fighter, Dinky Toys 66c (MM 1940-07).jpg 1,171 × 721; 71 KB
- Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire, camouflaged, Dinky Toys 62e (MM 1940-07).jpg 2,148 × 2,206; 388 KB