Meccano V Erector – UK V US

Not so long ago I bought a second hand book called ‘The Products of Binns Road’ from the Hornby Companion Series by Peter Randall.

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A fascinating book in itself but then what fell out of it? Well a letter dated February 1980 from a chap in New Jersey together with an undated British press cutting headed ‘Sit-In goes on at Meccano’ and a page from the Los Angeles Times dated 7th November 1978.

British newspaper article - Daily Telegraph?

British newspaper article – Daily Telegraph?

The Los Angeles Times article is all about ‘Erector’, the US equivalent to Meccano – indeed the Erector brand is now owned by Meccano. Here it is:-

Los Angeles Times 7th November 1978

Los Angeles Times 7th November 1978

Click on the article to enlarge it.

This got me thinking about what the differences/similarities were/are between Meccano and Erector and I found this web site:-

www.girdersandgears.com/erector-history.html

All in all a insight into Erector/Meccano and indeed the history of the book because the letter, mentioned above, was returning it to ‘Al’ who had clearly loaned it to a chap living in Park Ridge New Jersey.

All this connects to Liverpool and of course Maghull as the Meccano factory was in Liverpool’s Binns Road and Frank Hornby, the inventor of Meccano, was and still is Maghull’s most famous resident and the reason the Frank Hornby Trust was set up.

The Frank Hornby Room at Meadows Leisure Centre in Maghull has an exhibition of items associated with Frank Hornby and his products that have been brought together by the Trust. Check with the Leisure Centre before making a trip to see them though as the room is multi-use so is not always available to view the display cases.

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