BAYKO in BELGIUM

 
All the documents shown here are in Flemish or French. You may not be aware that around ten percent of Belgians are actually German speaking, though I can find no evidence of any BAYKO German language document being used in a Belgian context.
It is worth noting that the French language documentation also helps facilitate access to Switzerland, where we know there was a BAYKO market, at least briefly.
I now have several BAYKO marketing documents from the Belgian Market, and, fortunately, I have been given several more images to use here : -
 
1950, February - Plimpton Era Price List - Flemish & French
I know it's unlike me to be sensitive, but, to avoid any conflict or misunderstandings, the two documents in this section, are shown in the order I acquired the images.
February, 1950 Price List for sets and supplementary parts, in Flemish
February, 1950 Price List for spare parts, in Flemish
Front
Rear
Flemish : - The above document, dated February, 1950, is basically a straight copy of the domestic documentation of the same date, translated into Flemish, with prices in Belgian Francs and, of course, the address of the importer.
One query you might raise with this leaflet is why the number of sets is quoted in dozens? The explanation is that this document was aimed solely at Belgian BAYKO retailers.
...or so I thought...
It just shows how ignorant, not to say stupid, I can be, however, thanks to Adrian Brysse I now know that "Dozen" is the plural of "Doos", which is the Flemish word for "Box"!!!
Obviously this is simple BAYKO Flier, aimed directly at the Belgian and Flemish customers!
Thanks to Robin Throp for these images.
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches
February, 1950 Price List for sets and supplementary parts, in French
February, 1950 Price List for spare parts, in French
Front
Rear
French : - This is a direct translation of the Flemish [above] and domestic versions and, as such, requires little, if any further explanation, though it's nice to see the two languages together, forming a small set of sorts.
This document comes from the estate of the late Leo Jannsen.
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches

1950, February - Plimpton Era Flier - Flemish & French
Front page of 1950 Belgian flier showing a model and BAYKO details in Flemish
Front page of 1950 Belgian flier showing a model and BAYKO set price details in Flemish
Rear
Front
The above document, dated February, 1950, is basically a straight copy of the domestic documentation of the same date, translated into Flemish, with prices in Belgian francs and, of course, the address of the importer.
This particular document is an excellent demonstration that export documents often replicated domestic ones - with the necessary translation.
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches

1950, November - Plimpton Era Price List - Flemish & French
November, 1950 Price List for sets and supplementary parts, in Flemish
November, 1950 Price List for spare parts, in Flemish
Front
Rear
The above document, dated November, 1950, is again a straight copy of the domestic documentation of the same date, translated into Flemish, with prices in Belgian francs plus the address of the importer.
It's nice to know that there were no price increases since the earlier, February versions.
Thanks to Robin Throp for these images.
The document below is the identical document, but this time the French language version, of the same date.
Click anywhere on any of these images to see a slightly larger version.
French language Belgian Parts Price List, November 1950 - sets
French language Belgian Parts Price List, November 1950 - parts
Front
Rear
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches

1951, March - Plimpton Era Flier - French & Flemish
Again, it's unlike me to be sensitive, but, to avoid any conflict or misunderstandings, the two documents in this section, are shown in the order I acquired the images.
Front page of 1951 Belgian flier showing a model and BAYKO details in French
Front page of 1952 Belgian flier showing a model and BAYKO set price details in Flemish
Rear
Front
French : - The above document, date coded March, 1951, is again a straight copy of the domestic documentation of the same date, translated into French, with prices in Belgian francs and, again, the address of the importer.
Although this document is thirteen months older than the Flemish one directly above, the prices remain unchanged.
A further point of interest is that the price list of available sets includes set #4 - almost a year before it was launched in the U.K. - this is, to me, too far ahead for the cock-up theory, so must surely indicate that priority really was being given to the export drive! If you're not convinced, the equivalent domestic Flier, actually dated a month later, DOES NOT MENTION SET #4...
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches
Front page of 1951 Belgian flier showing a model and BAYKO details in Flemish
Back page of 1951 Belgian flier showing a model and BAYKO details in Flemish
Rear
Front
Flemish : - The above document, again date coded March, 1951, is also a straight copy of the domestic documentation of the same date, translated into Flemish, with prices in Belgian francs and, again, the address of the importer.
Not surprisingly, the prices are the same a for the French version [above].
Again, this flier includes set #4, almost a year before it was launched in the U.K., further, if not conclusive, proof that exports took priority over the domestic market.
This document comes from the estate of the late Leo Jannsen.
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches

1952 - Plimpton Era Flier - Flemish
Front page of 1952 Belgian flier showing a model and BAYKO details in Flemish
Front page of 1952 Belgian flier showing a model and BAYKO set price details in Flemish
Rear
Front
The above document, dated February, 1952, is, once again, a straight copy of the domestic documentation of the same date, translated into Flemish, with prices in Belgian francs and, of course, the address of the importer.
Sad to report that, since the two documents immediately above were printed, Belgian BAYKO prices had risen by 10%. To be fair, I'm not sure that this inflation was U.K. based, I suspect that exchange rates are behind it.
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches

1952, April - Plimpton Era Price List - French
Front page of 1952 Belgian price list showing BAYKO standard spare parts details in French
Back page of 1952 Belgian price list showing BAYKO sets and special spare parts details in and French
Rear
Front
The above document, is dated April, 1952, but date coded two months earlier. It is the French language equivalent of the U.K. standard version, issued with the Belgian importer's details at the foot of side two.
As it was printed in "Angleterre" we can assume that Plimpton were responsible for the two type-setting errors which so incensed the original owner of this price list that he corrected them in pen!!!
What the poor little chap probably wouldn't have known, was that this document contains a far more fundamental error - the right hand parts list includes the French equivalent of left and right handed Side Bricks...
...and we can't even blame Johnny Foreigner!
Still, at least the he would have had the consolation that the set prices hadn't gone up since February [above].
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches

1952, June - Plimpton Era Price List - Flemish
Front page of June, 1952 Belgian price list showing BAYKO standard spare parts details in Flemish
Back page of June, 1952 Belgian price list showing BAYKO standard spare parts details in Flemish
Rear
Front
The above Parts Price List is, almost, the direct Flemish equivalent of the French document [above]. I say almost, because there are five differences, of varying significance. The differences are : -
The date coding on this version is June, 1952.
It does not carry a separate, specific date identification.
The 'handed' Side Bricks issue has been corrected.
A column showing the colours of the parts has been added to the Supplementary Parts list [above right].
There is no importer detail at the bottom of the Supplementary Parts list [above right], just a retail outlet name.
At least the prices haven't changed in the intervening weeks!
Like its French [near] counterpart, this too was printed in England.
This document comes from the estate of the late Leo Jannsen.
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches

1956 - Plimpton Era Price List - French
Front page of 1956 Belgian price list showing BAYKO standard spare parts details in French
Back page of 1956 Belgian price list showing BAYKO sets and special spare parts details in and French
Rear
Front
The above French language document is dated July, 1956, and follows the established format.
As it too was printed in "Angleterre" we can assume that Plimpton were responsible for the two type-setting errors which are still in place - but no hand correction this time!
The quoted set prices have gone down significantly - 8% - since the previous document in 1952 [above] so perhaps the currency fluctuations helped this time!
146 mm x 227 mm = 5.7 x 8.95 inches

1962 - MECCANO General Products Price List - French
This document is shown courtesy of Andrew Lance of the Hornby Railways Collectors Association.
The flier [right] is the first French language document from the MECCANO era that I've come across - so far. It is a standard, 4-page Flier, mainly a straight translation of the U.K. domestic version. The four pages are created from a single sheet with a single vertical fold.
It is dated 1962 as can clearly be seen in the top left hand corner, which is confirmed by the date code on the back page, [not shown] which is for April, 1962.
On this document BAYKO shares its billing in the middle of the front page, to the right to be precise. Sliding your mouse over the image will highlight the modest BAYKO section.
If you click anywhere on the image you will see a larger image of the BAYKO section itself.
Together with the near contemporary catalogues, [below] this MECCANO general products price list supports the theory that, like Plimpton before them, MECCANO used the multi-language skills of Belgium to service the Belgian, Dutch, French and Luxembourg markets, and even possibly the German market as well - yes, not far off 1% of Belgians are German speaking as their first language!
Front page of 1962 Belgian French general products price list

1963 - MECCANO Price List - French
Front page of 1963 Belgian French MECCANO catalogue
1963 Belgian French price list - BAYKO page
Left BAYKO page of 1963 Belgian French catalogue
Right BAYKO page of 1963 Belgian French catalogue
Just like during the Plimpton era, the above document is the standard UK catalogue of the same date, translated into French, with the pull-out price booklet in Belgian francs and the address of the new local importer. It's nice to have the pair [below], but, technically, German is also an official language of Belgium, so, is there a third Belgian version?
151 mm x 106 mm = 5.95 x 4.2 inches

1963 - MECCANO Price List - Flemish
Front page of 1963 Belgian Flemish MECCANO catalogue
1963 Belgian Flemish price list - BAYKO page
Left BAYKO page of 1963 Belgian Flemish catalogue

Right BAYKO page of 1963 Belgian Flemish catalogue
Just like during the Plimpton era, the above document is the standard UK catalogue of the same date, translated into Flemish, with the pull-out price booklet in Belgian francs and the address of the new local importer. It's nice to have the pair [above], but, technically, German is also an official language of Belgium, so, is there a third Belgian version?
151 mm x 106 mm = 5.95 x 4.2 inches

1963 - MECCANO General Products Price List - French
Front page of 1963 Belgian MECCANO general products price list showing BAYKO set prices in French
This MECCANO general products price list is something of a rarity, in my collection if nowhere else, and dates from 1963.
It bears the label "BELGIUM/FRENCH", which suggests that the leaflet was printed in the U.K., almost certainly by MECCANO, in-house.
Common enough in their U.K. form, export general products price lists seem to be much less common, whether that's because comparatively few were printed, or because collectors of the other products have beaten me to it, I don't know.
Here, though the entry is modest, BAYKO is very much centre stage, being to the right of the centre of the front page of this four page leaflet - slide your mouse over the image [right] to see it highlighted.
At least we have further confirmation that BAYKO was on sale in both Belgium and France at the time.
If you left click anywhere on the image you will see an enlarged image of the BAYKO sets price list.
Together with the contemporary catalogues [above] this MECCANO general products price list supports the theory that, like Plimpton before them, MECCANO used the multi-language skills of Belgium to service the Belgian, Dutch, French and Luxembourg markets, and even possibly Germany.
140 mm x 287 mm = 5.5 x 11.7 inches

1950s - Quality Inspection Slips - Dual Language
There are two different Quality Assurance Slips here, one for a conversion set #2X, shown courtesy of Bill Foote, and one for a standard set #1, shown courtesy of Robin Throp. Both were, presumably, inserted by the Quality Inspector at the Plimpton factory, given that both were printed in England and identify the French and Flemish sides in English.
It is interesting to note that any problems were expected to be dealt with by the local importer.
Unfortunately both are undated, but the importer was certainly operating from the specified address in 1952.
As far as I've been able to ascertain, this quality inspection slip, with the possible inclusion of a local price list, was the only concession to the importing market...
...otherwise the product was identical.
Quality Inspection Slip from a Set 2X from the Belgian market from the 1950s

...and, in a similar vein : -
BAYKO Explanation Sheets - Unknown Date 1947? or 1948?
These four images, from two documents, were discovered recently, in photocopy form, as part of a 'set' of the same document as translated into four languages - Flemish and French, as shown here, together with German and Spanish.
Dating it is difficult as there is no printed information, or at least none that has been preserved, but the basic, unornamented layout suggests austerity, and is, therefore, likely to predate the similar documents below.
If you can help date these documents more accurately, then I'd love to hear from you...
Flemish language set contents information, probably from the late 1940s
Flemish language BAYKO description, probably from the late 1940s
Flemish Language Set Contents.
Flemish Language Product Explanation.
Flemish : - The above document, was intended to supplement the English language manuals in BAYKO sets #0 to #3, explaining to the lucky young collector the basics about how to play!
French language set contents information, probably from the late 1940s
French language BAYKO description, probably from the late 1940s
French Language Set Contents.
French Language Product Explanation.
French : - The above document, was intended to supplement the English language manuals in BAYKO sets #0 to #3, explaining to the lucky young collector the basics about how to play!
As I said at the begriming of this entry, there are two other versions of this document format...

1949 to 1951 - Set Contents Sheets - French and Flemish Versions
Yet again, it's unlike me to be sensitive, but, to avoid any conflict or misunderstandings, the two documents in this section, are shown in the order I acquired the images.
The French language sheet, below, is shown courtesy of Alan Taylor.
French Language Set Contents.
French Language Product Explanation.
French language set contents - 1949 to 1951?
French language reverse side with brief product explanation - 1949 to 1951?
Dutch language set contents - 1949 to 1951?
Dutch language reverse side with brief product explanation - 1949 to 1951?
Flemish Language Set Contents.
Flemish Language Product Explanation.
I don't know for certain the exact date of these 2 double sided sheets, but I can guess...
...given that they include parts for sets #0 to #3, with appropriate conversion sets, they probably date from between 1949 and early 1951. After that date, Belgian was quick off the mark with set #4 and documentation generally reflects that.
The above sheets were probably used separately for the respective markets, with both being included with sets for the Belgian market...
In both cases, the sheets state the language, in English, at the bottom right hand corner of the explanation sheet, with the local language equivalent of "Printed in England", centrally, alongside it.
The Flemish sheet, above, is shown courtesy of Robin Throp.
102 x 165 mm = 4.0 x 6.5 inches

1950s BAYKO Information Sheet - French
French language explanation sheet
French language set contents sheet
Parts explanations.
Set contents explanations.
It is perfectly possible that this document was targeted primarily at the French market, but it must surely also have been used in Belgium.
I don't know the date of this leaflet either, but I can guess...
...or at least narrow it down to being later than the sheets above, i.e. 1951 or later, but, obviously, before the 1959 MECCANO takeover. The reason I say 1951 is that the form mentions set #4 which was launched in Belgium a year before it was launched in the U.K.
 
There is also a multi-lingual BAYKO sheet, which I came across in the Liverpool Maritime Museum archives, that includes both French and Flemish language scripts.
 
In common with most other companies, Plimpton had to protect their product and their markets as best they could...
 
...and, in a completely different vein : -
 
Although not actually a document specific to the Belgian market, I have a letter sent by Plimpton, in 1952, to a customer in Antwerp, which you may find interesting...
 
 
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