There can be no doubt, thousands of men once had a collection of Dinky toys when they were boys in the late 1940’s and 50’s. Most young men did their national Service, then married and settled down to a lifetime of responsibilities. Where did the treasured collection of Dinky Toys go after they left home?
During the 1950’s the models would cost between 2/6 to 5/-, today just a few in mint condition in their original box could be worth £1,000. During the Second World War in January 1942 the government issued an order forbidding the manufacture of metal toys and during September 1943 all distribution of any left in the warehouse was stopped. Towards the end of 1945 about 50 different Dinkies were on sale for Christmas, but they were rationed, one per person. In later years ‘Corgi’ produced far more detailed, elegant models, but they are no substitute for the true Dinky Toys.
So, old school boys, the Dinkies are findable at car boot sales and second hand shops, usually in a very bad condition. Acquire fine sand paper for a quick rub down, Humbrol model paint and a good brush. I do firmly believe it is forgivable to bring them back to life for another 70 years or they will just fade away.
Terry Giles, Trowbridge