BAYKO - Diary of Events

The object of the exercise here is to pull together [and allow you to see at a glance] all the significant dates [that I'm aware of] that impacted on corporate affairs or the manufacture, sales and marketing of the world's first and finest plastic construction toy.
The pink sections, below, are not strictly related to mainstream BAYKO product or company.
 
If you want to debate any of the dates, or can suggest other key events to add to the list…

1856 - YES - 1856!!!

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First plastic invented.

1860

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First plastic patent granted.

1909

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BAKELITE patent granted.

1932

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DENDRO produced for early market support.
 

1933

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'Kitchen table' BAYKO sets launch.
DENDRO produced for early market support.
U.K. Patent applied for.

1934

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Formal BAYKO launch.
Marketing by Berwick's Toys.
First fliers produced.
First BAYKO advert.
Joint BAKELITE advert x 1.
Further U.K. Patent submission.
Trademark Registered.
Based at Green Lane.

1935

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Ornamental Additions launch.
Conversion sets launch.
Set #6 launch.
Marketing by Berwick's Toys.
Berwick's attend B.I.F.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 4.
'Toy Trader' ads x 1.
U.K. Patent granted.
French Patent granted.
Based at Green Lane.

1936

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Marketing by Berwick's Toys.
Berwick's attend B.I.F.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 2.
'Games & Toys' ads x 1.
'Toy Trader' ads x 3.
Joint BAKELITE advert x 2.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
Started at Green Lane.
Moved to Old Hall Street.

1937

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Red/White/Green sets launch.
Marketing by Berwick's Toys.
Berwick's attend B.I.F.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts stop x 2.
'Toy Trader' ads x 1.
BAYKO in Army & Navy Stores catalogue.
Based at Old Hall Street.

1938

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20s series sets launch.
Red/White/Green sets #6 and #5A launch.
BAYKO set prices small rise.
Marketing by Berwick's Toys.
Berwick's attend B.I.F.
'Games & Toys' ads x 1.
Joint BAKELITE ad x 1.
BAYKO in Army & Navy Stores catalogue.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
Started at Old Hall Street.
Moved to Gibraltar Row.
Fred Rogerson recruited.

1939

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'New Series' sets launch.
20s series updated to match 'New Series'.
Berwick's Toys link ended.
'Games & Toys' ads x 5.
'Toy Trader' ads x 3.
BAYKO in Army & Navy Stores catalogue.
Local Importers sought.
Lester Cooper recruited.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1940

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BAYKO set prices rise.
'Games & Toys' ads x 3.
BAYKO in Army & Navy Stores catalogue.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1941

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Wartime suspension.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 7.
'Games & Toys' ads x 1.
Supporting the war effort.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1942

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Wartime suspension.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
'Games & Toys' ads x 1.
BAYKO in National Savings advert.
Supporting the war effort.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1943

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Wartime suspension.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
'Games & Toys' ads x 1.
Supporting the war effort.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1944

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Wartime suspension.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
Supporting the war effort.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1945

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Wartime suspension.
'New Series' production resumed.
Zero cardboard infrastructure in sets.
Links to market restarted.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
Supporting the war effort.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1946

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Sets #0 & #1 launch.
Possible Set #2 launch - late on.
Zero to minimal cardboard infrastructure.
Translucent parts appear.
Yellow-green windows appear.
Plimpton are invited to the “Britain can Make It” exhibition.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
Fred Rogerson & Lester Cooper re-recruited.
2nd U.K. Patent applied for.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1947

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Alternative Set #2 launch - early.
Full cardboard infrastructure reinstated.
Standard green windows appear.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
'Games & Toys' ads x 1.
2nd U.K. Patent further submission.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1948

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Set #3 launch.
Grey parts experiment.
Retail Display Cabinets reintroduced.
Plimpton attend B.I.F.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
2nd U.K. Patent granted.
C.B. Plimpton dies, December 27th.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1949

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Balcony pieces created.
BAYKO set prices rise.
Product range expansion starts.
Plimpton attend B.I.F.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts resume x 8.
'Games & Toys' ads x 7.
'Games & Toys's classified ads x 12.
'Toy Trader' ads x 7.
10 Registered Designs are listed.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1950

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BAYKO set prices rise.
Product range expansion continues.
Probable launch(?) of BAYKO Storage Boxes.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
First 'BOYS OWN' advert.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
Australian Trademark granted.
Based at Gibraltar Row.
BAYKOMAN born!

1951

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Set #3X launch, in small boxes.
BAYKO set prices rise.
Product range expansion stops.
Plimpton attend B.I.F.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
'BOYS OWN' adverts x 5.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
Canadian Copyright granted.
Irish Copyright granted.
Belgian Copyright granted.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1952

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Set #4 launch.
Set #3X resized.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
'BOYS OWN' advert.
'EAGLE' advert.
'Games & Toys' classified ads x 12.
Pre-Christmas, regional press adverts.
Australian Copyright granted.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1953

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BAYKO set prices fall.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
First appearance in 'MECCANO Magazine' ‘Toyman’ articles.
'BOYS OWN' adverts x 2.
'EAGLE' advert x 2.
'HOTSPUR' advert.
'WIZARD' comic advert.
'Games & Toys' classified ads stop x 5.
'Games & Toys' ads x 1.
Pre-Christmas, regional press adverts.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1954

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'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
BAYKO included in 'MECCANO Magazine' front cover display.
'BOYS OWN' adverts x 2.
'EAGLE' advert.
Pre-Christmas, regional press adverts.
Based at Gibraltar Row.

1955

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'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
'BOYS OWN' advert.
'EAGLE' advert.
'Games & Toys' ads x 1.
Pre-Christmas, regional press adverts.
Started at Gibraltar Row.
Moved to Tabley Street.

1956

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Polystyrene parts gradually introduced.
Plimpton attend B.I.F.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
'BOYS OWN' adverts x 2.
'CHILDRENS NEWSPAPER' advert.
'EAGLE' adverts x 2.
'British Toys' ads x 3.
'Games & Toys' ads x 7.
'Toy Trader' ads x 9.
Pre-Christmas, regional press adverts.
Based at Tabley Street.

1957

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Polystyrene parts introduction continues.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
'BOYS OWN' advert.
'CHILDRENS NEWSPAPER' adverts x 3.
'EAGLE' advert.
'British Toys' ads x 6.
'Games & Toys' ads x 8.
'Toy Trader' ads x 9.
Pre-Christmas, regional press adverts.
BAYKO in Littlewoods catalogues.
Based at Tabley Street.

1958

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Retail Packs launch x 3.
Polystyrene parts introduction continues.
T.V. Aerial and Ramp introduced.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 12.
'CHILDRENS NEWSPAPER' adverts x 3.
'British Toys' ads x 7.
'Games & Toys' ads x 7.
'Toy Trader' ads x 6.
Pre-Christmas, regional press adverts.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
BAYKO in Littlewoods catalogues.
Based at Tabley Street.

1959

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Garage Doors launch.
BAYKO set prices rise.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 11.
'CHILDRENS NEWSPAPER' adverts x 3.
'British Toys' ads x 7.
'Games & Toys' adverts x 7.
'Toy Trader' ads x 3.
Pre-Christmas, regional press adverts.
Joint STYRON advert x 2.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
BAYKO in Hamleys catalogue.
BAYKO in Littlewoods catalogues.
Based at Tabley Street.
BRITAINS interested in takeover.
MECCANO takeover.

1960

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MECCANO era set #11 and set #12 launch, November and December.
Set prices significantly lower.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 6.
'EAGLE' adverts x 2.
'GIRL' advert.
'TV COMIC' adverts x 4.
'TIGER' advert.
'British Toys' ads x 2.
'Games & Toys' adverts stop x 2.
'Toy Trader' ads x 2.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
BAYKO in Hamleys catalogue.
Moved to Speke, or Hanson Road, Aintree.

1961

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MECCANO era set #13 and set #14 launch.
BAYKO set prices rise.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 5.
First mention in ‘Toyman’ article.
'TV COMIC' advert.
'British Toys' ads x 2.
'Toy Trader' ads x 1.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
Based at Speke, or Hanson Road, Aintree.

1962

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Sets #15 and #14C launch, August.
Retail Packs launch x 6.
BAYKO set prices fall then rise.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 6.
Mentioned in ‘Toyman’ articles x 5.
'Toy Trader' ads x 1.
‘Toyman’ mentions x 5.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
Based at Speke, or Hanson Road, Aintree.

1963

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'Flanged' bricks introduced.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts x 6.
‘Architect’ articles launch x 6.
Mentioned in ‘Toyman’ articles x 5.
'British Toys' ads stop x 1.
'Toy Trader' ads stop x 1.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
Based at Speke, or Hanson Road, Aintree.

1964

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BAYKO production restricted.
Final manual printed in March, 1964.
'Flanged' Bricks retooling halted.
'MECCANO Magazine' adverts stop x 2.
‘Architect’ articles stop x 2.
'BAYKO Builds' articles replace ‘Architect’ x 3.
Last ‘Toyman’ article.
BAYKO in Gamages Autumn / Winter Catalogue.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
All advertising ceased.
BAYKO Company - formal wind up.
'Which?' Product Review.
Based at Speke, or Hanson Road, Aintree.
MECCANO Company taken over by Lines Brothers.
MECCANO Company Chairman resigns.

1965

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'Flanged'  and standard Bricks mixed in the same sets - could be a year earlier or later.
First year with no adverts.
BAYKO still listed in MECCANO products price list.
BAYKO in Gamages catalogue.
BAYKO controlled by Lines Brothers.
Probably still based at Speke, or Hanson Road, Aintree.

1966

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BAYKO set prices rise.
BAYKO still listed in MECCANO products price list.
BAYKO controlled by Lines Brothers.
Probably still based at Speke, or Hanson Road, Aintree.

1967

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BAYKO set prices rise.
BAYKO production ceases.
BAYKO final listing in MECCANO products price list.
BAYKO controlled by Lines Brothers.
Probably still based at Speke, or Hanson Road, Aintree.

My apology for the lack of certainty on BAYKO's final home, I will resolve this issue as soon as I can.

1971

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Lines Brothers call in the official receiver and the company is broken up.

1994

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Major 60th Birthday exhibition at All Hallows Church Hall, Liverpool.

2002

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BAYKO Trademark reregistered.

2004

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Major 70th Birthday exhibition at Nottingham.

2009

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Major 75th Birthday exhibition at Sandy, Bedfordshire.

2010

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C.B. Plimpton mentioned in a question on EGGHEADS on BBC2.

2014

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Major 80th Birthday exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.
 
 
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