Tri-ang & Other British Toy Boats 1920 to 1960: A Pictorial Tribute

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, Nov 15, 2011 - Antiques & Collectibles - 144 pages

Toy boats, especially those designed to sail on the local pond, have always had a fascination for boys and girls of all ages. This book celebrates these boats, which many will remember purchasing with their pocket money. Before the 1914-1918 war many toy boats were of German origin, but when hostilities ceased there was a surge in buying British. Many manufacturers took advantage of this, and British toy boats became extremely popular right up to World War II, with numerous seaside resorts actually building special ponds for yachts and clockwork vessels. Interest continued right up to the introduction of electronic toys, at which point the majority of manufacturers realized that the more traditional toy boat was no longer in demand. This book covers that golden period of toy boats, from 1920 to 1960.


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This is an interesting book with many excellent illustrations. However, the text needs to approached with caution as it contains a number of factual inaccuracies.


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Triang including yachting board and table top games Lines Bros Ltd

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Roger Gillham is well known for being the official Scalextric historian, and author of eight books on the subject over the last 30 years. Roger's expert knowledge of the Scalextric brand and its parent company, Lines Bros Ltd/Tri-ang, the largest toy company in the world for many years, led to an interest in toy boats, of which Lines Bros Ltd/Tri-ang was a prolific manufacturer. In compiling this book Roger has been fortunate enough to speak with some of the UK's foremost toy-boat enthusiasts.

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