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Place Of Creation : Liverpool
Publisher : Plimpton Engineering
Date of creation : 1930s
Format : Toy
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Bayko Building set containing instruction book and assorted bricks, window frames, roof sections and metal rods for constructing a house.

This construction set system was developed by Charles Plimpton in the 1930s. It used bakelite, one of the early plastics. Bayko combined the engineering aspects of Meccano with the architectural principles of earlier building bricks. Early sets were predominantly red, white and maroon with brown base plates. Following World War Two the stock colours were changed with distinctive green base plates, as well as red, white and green components. The set came with bricks, window and door frames, roof tiles, pillars, arches and other pieces necessary for building miniature houses and other buildings. The set shown dates from this period. Each piece had vertical holes through which thin metal rods could be passed and which attached the model to the base. A number of sets were produced commencing with a beginners' set and several more advanced sets.

Bayko was popular and exported widely. It was taken over in 1959 by Meccano, who marketed it as Meccano Bayko. Under this branding it continued to be manufactered until 1967. By that time Meccano itself had been sold to Lines Brothers and cheaper alternatives, such as Lego, were available.

Period : 1927-1939
Further reading :

Burton, Anthony. Children's pleasures: books toys and games from the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, London: V & A Publications, 1996

Cadbury, Betty. Playthings past, Newton Abbot [Eng.]: David & Charles, c1976

Jaffe, Deborah. The history of toys: from spinning tops to robots, Stroud [England]: Sutton, 2006

Opie, Iona. The treasures of childhood: books, toys and games from the Opie collection, London: Pavilion, 1989

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