Originally called ‘Mechanics Made Easy’, Meccano is a popular and enduring toy construction set invented in 1901 by Frank Hornby from Liverpool, England. Due to its huge success and demand, Hornby opened factories around the world, one of which features in today’s post – the Bobigny factory in France, which in 1951 was producing more than half a million Meccano box sets a day!
The following 1972 general catalogue shows the new blue and yellow parts that had become available for Meccano sets, as well as ‘Pocket Meccano’ and ‘Meccano Plastic’.
The catalogue also features other iconic toys to come from the French Bobigny factory such as Scalextric racing, Hornby model trains, and Spirograph. The final page of the catalogue shows a photograph of the Bobigny factory. One can only imagine the amount of toys that passed through the gates during its tenure as one of Frank Hornby’s wordwide factories!
Other toys shown in the catalogue
Frog model kits
The Meccano factory, Bobigny, France, 1972
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All images scanned by TVTA from the Meccano catalogue général, 1972, France.
Other sources: Meccano France