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The Toy Maker: The Life and Times of Inventor Frank Hornby Paperback – Aug 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New edition edition (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091895812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091895815
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,951,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Anthony McReavy longed for a train set as a child. His children now play with Scalextric. As a museum curator in Glasgow he developed a fascination with twentieth century inventions. He lives with his wife and family in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland. This is his first book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The toy maker April 29 2009
By dinkycollect - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Toy Maker: The Life and Times of Inventor Frank Hornby

Very interesting book for the fans of Meccano, Hornby trains and Dinky Toys although there is a major error, the farm tractor on the cover is not a Meccano product.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hornby's Toy Story Nov. 10 2012
By David R. Farlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a collector of various antique toys including the Dinky toy line produced by Hornby. I really didn't know what I was going to get when the book arrived, so I can't say that I was disappointed or thrilled either way. It really is his personal story, not a history of his products, though these are brought up now and again throughout the book. Given that there isn't any book like this on the subject, I plan to keep it, but it doesn't always read well. Often it seems that when reading a new chapter you feel as though you read the same thing in the previous chapter, which you did... Sometimes it is a little hard for the reader to keep the timeline straight as the story sometimes reverses course. I would have liked some more plant photos or photos of the family homes perhaps, but I imagine these are things that may not really exist. I suspect it was difficult to gather up as much as the author was able to uncover this long after his death. Probably would have needed to write this book in the mid 1950's to find people who could tell you more about Mr. Hornby.

If you are interested in personal biographies of those who invent and tinker or are a fan of the products that came from this company, you'll find it interesting enough to ignore the flaws.