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Offline GEORGIAN

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« on: 15 October, 2017, 06:31:27 PM »
its a strange feeling when i think back to the times long before the old Newham was changed for ever into the new re developed place it is today,
i can remember looking into toys shops  and news agents shops which some sold toys and it was then i saw and bought many match box toy cars , my son when he was about five years old had i think 80 from memory as when ever any asked what to buy him , i replied match box toy cars,
little then did i know that the match box factory was very close to hackney marshes, and many years later became a casualty of either re development or simply that the match box toy cars had had their day,

Q; What memories do you have of that time, and will you tell us about them,

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Re: match box
« Reply #1 on: 15 October, 2017, 06:44:14 PM »
I believe it had a new life in Basildon. Models were available for years after they left the marshes!

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Re: match box
« Reply #2 on: 16 October, 2017, 09:06:36 PM »
Was Matchbox toys later to become Lesneys ? or am I mistaken . During late 40,s me Mum used to buy me the Rolls Royce of model cars Dinkey Toys not that we were well off but the detail on them was superb, still have a few left but worse for wear .Makes me laugh on thse Antique shows they ask when shown a old model ,have you still got the original box , get real we loved those toys and used them and swapped them over the years , so the box was ripped and damaged and finally binned , so the answer was no .
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Re: match box
« Reply #3 on: 16 October, 2017, 09:39:49 PM »
Sympathetic to your comments the other noticeable thing is they always want a fortune at events and fairs, but when it comes to selling them . . . they're either the wrong colour, no box, wrong tyres, no misprint and too many about.  Of course there was,
 they were made in a factory! Synic! Me? . . . Never!

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Re: match box
« Reply #4 on: 17 October, 2017, 12:39:23 PM »
the box was ripped and damaged and finally binned

The box was ripped off and binned on day 1. No 7 or 8 year old was interested in boxes. Don't tell me what my James Bond Aston Martin Dinky would be worth now, in the original box, I had a lot more fun playing with it than looking at it.

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« Reply #5 on: 25 March, 2018, 07:54:38 PM »
The things that newsagents sold in those days was amazing. I too collected matchbox cars (loved my Corgi and dinky models as well). One paper shop at least in my area sold toy soldiers which I also loved.

Then came stamp collecting. Many newsagents used to have packets of foreign stamps. You would get many duplicates which if you were lucky you could swap.

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« Reply #6 on: 28 March, 2018, 01:34:39 PM »
Another collectors item was cigarette cards, nice pictures of almost everything would exchange hands many times.
A game of flicking them up against the wall was popular, closest to the wall was the winner & would take the cards.
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« Reply #7 on: 31 March, 2018, 10:10:42 AM »
I used to take the kids into East Ham Market toy shop and each week bought the kids a Matchbox car. I also used to pay in 5 bob a week for kids chrissy presents, bought all the Thunderbird toys. How happy we would be if all those toys had been kept in their boxes and we still had them today.

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« Reply #8 on: 10 April, 2018, 08:23:49 PM »
Another collectors item was cigarette cards, nice pictures of almost everything would exchange hands many times.
A game of flicking them up against the wall was popular, closest to the wall was the winner & would take the cards.
kenm

I learnt a lifetime lesson about people and being taken in when I was about seven and was evacuated in wartime Somerset; I had a handful of picture cards and was challenged by this slightly older country boy to play flick up the wall, I lost the lot in as many minutes as I had cards. . . . many years when playing ciggy cards back in Forest Gate, I happened to pick up a card flicked by a kid and Wondebar! A well learned lesson, it was a doubler, . . . my mind went back when I was a Chard evacuee! More than careful now! IT seems that country bumkins are a myth!