BAYKO Import Agents

Thanks to Geof Lilleker for help with some of this info.
 
BAYKO was exported via agents to at least twenty five countries post-war.
Games and Toys advert, May 1939
While I can't prove that BAYKO was exported pre-war, the advert [right] printed in 'Games and Toys' in May 1939, shows clear intent, even if the timing could have been better!
If you've got info on pre-war exports I'd love to hear from you...
There is also a suggestion that BAYKO may have been available in other areas - British influenced areas of East Africa for example.
I know BAYKO was also sold in Egypt, but it is possible that this, and many other export markets/retailers were serviced direct from Liverpool.
 
Before listing the known BAYKO Import Agents, I think it would be valuable to cover some aspects of how BAYKO was supported in the export markets. I have a fairly comprehensive idea of how the Australian market was supported from the 1955-56 wholesale catalogue of Oswald-Sealy & Co. of Sidney.  I cannot, of course, guarantee that all details applied to all the BAYKO import agents across the globe, but it's a very good place to start.
Front cover of the Oswald-Sealy wholesale catalogue and price list, Australia 1955-56
The image [left] shows the front cover of the 1955-56 Oswald-Sealy "Wholesale Catalogue Price List". They were toy importers and wholesalers, who also sold stationery and decorations [Christmas, etc.] from their base in Sydney, with a subsidiary also covering New Zealand.
A minor detail is that the name 'Oswald-Sealy' is the name of the business owner, and does not imply a merger of two previously separate companies.
Given the [then] imminent death of 'Retail Price Maintenance' in the U.K., which opened the door for the development of supermarkets in the U.K., is is interesting to note the highlighted sentence at the bottom of the opening page [not shown] - "Retail prices shown in this catalogue are only suggested prices for your convenience". However, remembering that this is for Australia, with its many isolated small towns and settlements, with all the cost implications, it is highly likely that the price flexibility may well have been upwards.
The conctruction of the catalogue is simple. The cover is decent quality, semi gloss card, and all but the inside back page are printed in red. There are a total of 64 pages, and these are printed in black ink, including many photographic images, on good quality, semi gloss paper. It is a qulaity item, given its basic commercial purpose.
     
Oswald-Sealy wholesale catalogue and price list centre page - leftOswald-Sealy wholesale catalogue and price list centre page - right
140 mm x 215 mm = 5.5 x 8.5 inches [Closed]
 
The large image [above] shows the full, double page, centre spread of the catalogue, showing the world's first and finest plastic construction toy, in all its wholesale glory. I have to be careful about reading too much into such a position which may never have been meant, but surely it's indicative, to some extent at least, of Oswand-Sealy's perspective on BAYKO.
I have a couple of related documents from a toy wholesaler in India, with an accompanying letter, dated January, 1956, which clearly covers a similar period to this Australian one. Surprisingly though, there are one or two differences - primarily in the quantities of sets included in the prescribed order quantities - and 'carton' contents. To avoid excessive duplication, these details are discussed elsewhere, the links below will take you to the relevant pages...
...click anywhere on the lefthand page [above] for a larger image of the 'Carton' Contents.
From my point of view, the most interesting detail in this document lies in the last four words, immediately above the signal box model - "Delivery approximately 4 months".  I can't see that the rigours of the Australian national infrastructure would cause such sluggishness, so the obvious conclusion is that the long lead time was caused by the BAYKO supplies coming from the U.K., without the benefit of any stockholding by Messrs. Oswald-Sealy. The minimum order quantity of 6 cartons would also seem to point to the cost of direct transportation from the U.K. rather than internal Australian carriage.
I've no insight on whether this was the standard import process in other markets, nor have I evidence it wasn't, but it's not difficult to imagine that a [then] comparatively isolated market, would have got used to such protracted lead times.
Click anywhere on the righthand page [above] for a larger image of the Ordering Conditions.
For the record, the initials "E. & O. E." which were printed in the bottom righthand corner of every page, stands for 'Errors and Omissions Excepted', which Wikipedia defines as, "a phrase used in an attempt to reduce legal liability for potentially incorrect or incomplete information supplied in a contractually related document."  - so now you know!
 
I also have some wholesale documentation from the Indian market, which you may find interesting...
 
The Canadian importer [below] is interesting when you consider the 1959 MECCANO take-over!
 
These are the BAYKO Import Agencies that I know of circa 1949 : -
Click on any highlighted text above for more information on that market.
 
At other dates, the following contacts applied : -

S. A. Boismanu-Comptoir,
Aardezlenstraat 46,
BRUSSEL-ZUEN

S. A. Boismanu-Comptoir,
Rue des Fraises 46-60,
BRUXELLES

S. A. Boismanu-Comptoir,
Aardezlenstraat 46-60,
BRUSSEL-ZUEN

Arthur E. Harris (F.V.T.) Ltd,
444, Monarch House,
Long Street,
CAPETOWN

I'm always keen to add new items to the website, so, if you have any information on other BAYKO Importers, then I'd love to hear from you...
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The following 25+ is a complete list of the countries known to have been export markets for BAYKO : -
 
   
Click on highlighted country names above for more info.
 
BAYKO may also have been available in other areas : -
 
Below here are links to related info : -
 
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