The Book of Hornby Trains and Meccano Products (1935)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index


The Book of Hornby Trains and Meccano Products was a one-off publication produced by Meccano Ltd. in 1935, and seemed to cover just about everything that the company was then producing. The cover was bright yellow, and showed examples of vehicles from the main Meccano Ltd. ranges.

Cover

A large metal girder bridge (Meccano?) spans a river. A Hornby speedboat races across the water, and a Meccano Motor Car Constructor car drives along the near riverside road. A Hornby train streams across the bridge, and a Meccano Aeroplane Constructor biplane is airborne to the right of the bridge.

Dating

It's not immediately clear at first sight where the BoHTaMP fits into the Hornby Book of Trains chronology, but the book was advertised as "new" in the November 1935 issue of Meccano Magazine (on page xi) so presumably the book was already published (or intended to be published) by late 1935.

Meccano Magazine advertising copy

" The new "Book of Hornby Trains and Meccano Products" is the finest catalogue we have ever produced. It is beautifully printed in full colour throughout on finest quality white art paper, and its sixty pages contain the complete range of Meccano Products.
On the Meccano Outfit pages are examples of the fine models that can be built with the new-style parts finished in blue and gold. The Hornby Trains section (comprising thirty pages) will delight and satisfy the ever-increasing number of model railway enthusiasts. On other pages are featured Motor Car and Aeroplane Constructor Outfits, Dinky Builder, Kemex Chemical and Elekron Electrical Outfits, Hornby Speed Boats and Dinky Toys.
We hope that every boy in the country, and especially readers of the "M.M.," will make a point of securing a copy of this remarkable production without delay. "