This section of the site give the History of the Life of Frank Hornby as well as the history of meccano. Starting with:-
How this lead up to the idea of Mechanics made easy.
With meccano we needed to divide it into a number of subsections to make it practical. This can be difficult as Meccano sets where changing constantly, however there where some times of major change and also changes in colour of parts with these changes in mind we use the following periods which are used throughout the site:-
Looks at how the idea of a construction toy became a growing business.
A new company Meccano Ltd is formed, Meccano launches its largest set so far is No 7
The first colour is added to Meccano parts.
A time of change with new colours and rearranged sets. A sad time though as Frank Hornby dies
Set are rearranged again but production ceases with the outbreak of war
Post war shortages mean larger sets are delayed. Red and Green reintroduced though in different shade to the 1930's
Minor Changes in Sets and Changes in Packaging. Profitability starts to suffer
Financially Trouble Meccano Ltd. taken over by Lines Brothers. New Colours and packaging in Themed Boxes
New Blue Boxes along with slight colour changes. Financial Problems Mount
Complete Reorganization fails to stem financial disaster.
The above and subsequent pages are just intended as a brief history with information taken from:-
The Toy Maker by Anthony McReavy
The Meccano System Compendium by Jim Gamble