Some of you may be familiar with DINKY NEWS the quarterly newsletter I published and distributed to Dinky Toys enthusiasts between 1998 and 2002. For the benefit of those readers who are not familiar, I decided to produce this newsletter in the absence of any other periodical providing an in-depth discussion of these toys. At that time there was no Dinky Toys Collectors Association, but an active club in the United States and another in France, Club Dinky France. There was however another small club in the United Kingdom, whose newsletters was limited to sales and wants. I think the latter club passed on in the late 1990s. The USA club appears to have gone the same way, not long after they tried to register a domain name on the Internet when the attorneys representing Mattel objected to the use of the word Dinky. Club Dinky France I think is still operating.
While reading through some of my copies of DINKY NEWS, I thought it would not be a bad idea to share some of the pages from the newsletter within this website for those who have never seen it. I decided to commence with a column I called SNIPPETS AND OTHER ODDITIES. While reading through these it will become apparent that much of what I discussed back in 1998 has been discussed elsewhere in the DTCA Forum, but hopefully, there may be something quite new “and exciting”!
I begin with the first issue published in June 1998.
The first item concerned the 965 Euclid Rear Dump Truck. This was discussed in the Topic for this model. The next item concerned the 148 Ford Fairlane. I received a comment from a collector in this country who is also a Ford Australia expert. I will include his response later. The next item concerned the little Bedford cab-chassis used for the lorry, dump truck and garbage truck as well as the prime-mover for the car transporter. Who would believe there are at least 18 changes to the die for this casting excluding the numerous changes with the base plate.
I then raised a query as to when a list of models received their glazing, then came the little 155 Ford Anglia with its different boot/trunk, the next item covered the date when Meccano Magazine was actually published, and I think the answer is in the Forum. The penultimate item concerned the deletion of the 622 10-Ton Army Wagon. Quite a mixed bag.
One must bear in mind, that when I produced the newsletter, information on Dinky Toys was extremely limited. My reference material was very sparse and enthusiasts with adequate knowledge far and few between. So these pages must be read with this in mind!
Hopefully, this may generate some comments, copies of which could be also posted in the appropriate topic. If you have trouble reading the pages, hold down the control (Ctrl) key and roll the wheel on your mouse.