BAYKO in the U.S.A.

I don't know a lot about the American BAYKO market, but, thanks to Andrew Lance, we now, finally, have proof that BAYKO was, in deed, sold in the U.S.A., at least during the later MECCANO era.
I had previously been given the information that the American BAYKO market was supplied via : -
Hudson Dobson,
200, Fifth Avenue,
NEW YORK
However, I'm afraid I've never been able to validate this suggestion, and it seemed rather a posh address for a toy importer - even for BAYKO!
If you have any further information on BAYKO in America, particularly during the Plimpton era, then I'd love to hear from you…

1962 - United States of America
Joint DINKY TOYS / BAYKO Leaflet

Exterior - Front Page
Exterior - Back Page
February 1962 American DINKY TOY leaflet, page 1
February 1962 American DINKY TOY leaflet, page 4
February 1962 American DINKY TOY leaflet, page 2
February 1962 American DINKY TOY leaflet, page 3
Interior - Page 2
Interior - Page 3
Thanks to Andrew Lance of the HORNBY Railways Collectors Club for help with this.
This is a strange document in some ways, though it has a standard four page format, created by a simple vertical fold, producing a small, though rather tall, booklet. It dates from February, 1962 according to its reference code.
There is absolutely no doubt that this document was America bound - it clearly says “U.S.A.” in the top right hand corner of the front page, and all the retail prices are quoted in dollars.
The BAYKO entry is towards the bottom of page 3, i.e. the right hand of the two centre pages. As you can see clearly, if you click anywhere on that page to launch a larger image of the BAYKO section, the BAYKO entry is quite stark, only mentioning the sets available [and sets #15 and #14C which are “Coming Soon”]. To me this suggests that the American market was new rather than established.
There is an additional, rather tantalising phrase, immediately below the BAYKO logo, which refers to the earlier versions of BAYKO, though, of course, there is no proof that this possible Plimpton history was American based : -
The Famous Plastic Constructional System
NEW PARTS - NEW PACK - NEW MODELS
The strangeness, alluded to above, continued through two further things : -
A similar document, dated some three months earlier, has a printers code which suggests 200,000 copies were printed, whereas this document suggests that only 1,500 copies were printed. Of course this could have been a simple typo!
The manufacturer's address, located at the bottom of page 4, i.e. the back page, is MECCANO, France rather than MECCANO U.K.  I'm afraid I've absolutely no idea from which side of La Manche the DINKY TOYS and / or BAYKO were actually supplied - however, I'll do my best to find out…
 

1963 MECCANO Catalogue - English, No Price List

This 1963 Catalogue bears the legend [right, bottom right] "English N.P.", which stands for 'No Prices', and the price lists are certainly absent, and, to judge by the tight, pristine staple, always were. Other than that, the catalogue is identical to the standard English language version.
Reference code number "72884/06" [right, bottom left] includes 'Country Code', "06", used for all 'priceless' English language documents.
This document was acquired, via eBay, direct from the U.S.A., though whether because it was used in the American market, or was was one of the 'huddled masses' imported by its owner, we'll probably never know.
In other words, I can only suggest that this was used for the U.S.A., but have no means of proving it.
MECCANO 1963 Catalogue - English N.P. - i.e. no prices
Left hand BAYKO  page, MECCANO 1963 Catalogue - English N.P. - i.e. no prices
Right hand BAYKO page, MECCANO 1963 Catalogue - English N.P. - i.e. no prices
 
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