BAYKO Information Slips

This section shows a variety of pieces paper which were included in BAYKO sets to pass information to the young modeller.
Some of these have been included elsewhere, but the nerd in me thought it would be useful to pull them, all together, into a single location, if only for comparison purposes.
The subjects covered may vary, but all the slips share one feature...
...they are all small!
I must admit - when I first created this section, I never anticipated that the tally of Information Slips would reach the dizzy heights of sixteen different pieces, in nine different categories! Perhaps that is symptomatic of how our natural instinct is to pay little heed to such things - and get on with the serious business of playing with the world's first and finest plastic construction toy!
A quick word on the sequencing - for fairly obvious reasons, I have grouped similar items, but I have used the date of the initial example in such sequences, as the key for the chronological order.
Curved Bricks and Windows
Not every member of the human race is good at reading instructions and following them - these slips were an attempt by Plimpton to steer their young customers in the right direction, and to help avoid frustration if not actual product damage.
This slip [right] is shown courtesy of Angus Jones. It probably dates from the early days of Curved Bricks and Windows, in the pre-war 'New Series' sets, though it may just have been immediately post-war.
The script on the slip is self explanatory - obviously some young modellers experienced difficulties with these parts, possibly damaging them through incorrect usage - probably little brats like me who don't take well to instructions!
This was potentially significant, given that these were new parts at the time, excessive failures could have seriously affected sales!
Pre-war Information Slip explaining the use of Curved Bricks and Windows
76 x 50 mm
3.0 x 2.0 inches
Early post-war Information Slip explaining the use of Curved Bricks and Windows
This [left] is the second, slightly posher version of the above, and it too is shown courtesy of Angus Jones.
I believe it dates from 1946 or 1947, or, just possibly, 1948...
...the reference to "diagrams on page 4" is, I believe, the key, as it seems to refer to the small 8-page leaflet which was included with all BAYKO sets in the immediate post-war years...
This is still relatively early in the life of Curved Bricks and Windows and so, particularly when first printed, would have been motivated as a possible preventative, like the version above.
74 x 51 mm
2.9 x 2.0 inches
This particular information slip obviously had legs, as they say in the media, in other words it continued to be used for many years, throughout the 1950s. This is, therefore, the direct successor to the two earlier versions shown above...
...though, by now, Plimpton must have been totally convinced of their necessity.
The references in this version of the Slip [right] are clear - they refer to the diagram and detailed notes which appeared on page 4 of the standard 1950s BAYKO manual for sets #0 to #3...
Information Slip explaining the use of Curved Bricks and Windows from the 1950s
77 x 51 mm
3.0 x 2.0 inches
Tie Bar Replacement - 1941
This slip was added to 'New Series' sets, probably in 1941, shortly before production ceased as Plimpton's energies were redirected to the war effort. The slip reads : -
"Owing to the impossibility of obtaining the necessary Steel for these, we are substituting a Special Floor which can be fitted over the top row of bricks before fitting the roof, thus locking the building together."
For the record, each set had one extra Small Floor, and all but set #1 had an extra Medium Floor.
Information Slip explaining the addition of three extra parts to set 3x and possibly set 4
Colour Variations - Swap Offer
These two Information Slips [shown courtesy of Bob Burgess] deal with separate, though similar, issues - however, a simple glance at each tells you they are closely linked if not actually concurrent.
Post-war material shortages and war-time technological advances, led to' experiments' with a wide range of colours for BAYKO Bases.
Conversion sets would be made with whatever was available at the time, which may well not match the Bases the modeller already owned...
...this slip told modellers that, for 6d [2½p] in stamps, Plimpton would swap them for matching Bases.
Post-war offer to swap Bases if the colours don't match
Post-war offer to swap Parts if the colours don't match
The subject here [left] is slightly different, "parts" instead of "Bases", but the cause and intent are otherwise identical to the aims of the slip above.
The offer here is post free, and they also requested a colour sample, but the solution is similar.
The need for a colour sample perhaps implies a greater. though perhaps more subtle, range of colours across the general parts range than occurred with Bases alone.
This Slip is proportionately 'fatter' than the one above.
137 x 69 mm = 5.4 x 2.7 inches
Theoretically the second "parts" slip could have applied to the period around 1937 when BAYKO bricks changed from brown and cream to red and white...
...however, Bases didn't change during this period, so I suggest the post-war date is correct.
Where to Buy Your BAYKO Spare Parts
This message is certainly not unique to BAYKO, similar messages have been issued by just about every toy that regards the purchase of extra bits as a key profit stream, like MY LITTLE PONY or HORNBY RAILWAYS . However, there is certainly a potentially unique coincidence here in that all three examples shown were found stuck onto things.
The following two, sourcing related, Information Slips were 'rescued' [electronically!] from their positions, actually stuck onto the sides of a BAYKO Dealers Parts Box from 1946 or 1947...
1946 or 1947 spare parts sourcing Information Slip
1946 or 1947 spare parts sourcing Information Slip
95 x 37 mm = 3.7 x 1.5 inches
105 x 35 mm = 4.1 x 1.45 inches
These two slips [above] are printed in the same colour ink on similar thin paper, though they are different shapes and sizes, as you can see.
Although I have only scant evidence for it, I would guess that the one on the left ["Remember"] is slightly earlier, as the wording in the one on the right is intermediate between "Remember" and its later green inked counterpart shown below.
The third one shown here [below] is probably the most familiar, and dates from the 1950s.  It has the optimum marketeer's layout, emphasising the last two words, "BAYKO DEALER".
You may, possibly, have one of these slips, but this particular spare parts sourcing example was 'rescued' [electronically!] from its heavily glued position on the roof of a 'home made' BAYKO Shop Display Model...
Information slip telling would be purchasers that they can only buy BAYKO spare parts through their local dealer
104 x 31 mm = 4.1 x 1.25 inches
Extra Parts in Sets #3X and #4 - 1952
Perhaps the most noteworthy detail of this particular Information Slip is just how much more 'up market' it is when compared to all the other 'functional' formats.
When set #3X was launched in 1951, it was produced in a smaller box than the later, more familiar one, and didn't include the Dome, Pinnacle Roof or Pinnacle Platform.
I'm not perfectly sure whether the earliest #4 sets, launched in early 1952, suffered the same fate, though I believe not.
Information Slip explaining the addition of three extra parts to set 3x and possibly set 4
However, almost certainly fairly early in 1952, the decision was taken to include these three parts [in white] in the sets.
Not surprisingly there was a time lag in the requisite manuals catching up with this change, hence these small Information Slips were included with the modified sets.
The slip below has a similar pedigree.
11.3 x 7.6 mm = 4.45 x 3.0 inches
Set #4 Manual Typing Error - Treble Correction Card - 1954
Firstly, no, I haven't made a mistake in the title, this Information Slip really is printed on very thin card, so I thought I would register the fact.
Secondly, the purpose of this card is to point out, and correct of course, a type setting error in both of the set contents lists [Sets #3X and #4], which appear on page 7 of the 1954 set #4 Manual...
...and again in the required parts list for the model Pier on page 42.
When you think about it for a minute, it's really no mean achievement to manage to triplicate an identical error, particularly when you consider that they occur no less than 35 pages apart like these do!!!
Surprisingly, given their record elsewhere, all three of these typos were corrected by Plimpton in the next edition of the set #4 Manual.
If you'd like to see more of this manual...
The double correction card
89 x 61 mm
3.5 x 2.4 inches
Window Glazing
Posthumous credit for the prompt to add this section should go to Robin Throp, who's structured BAYKO collection identified these two pieces. Obviously I was aware of them - honest! - but his discipline rubbed off!
If you are a BAYKO collector, then you are almost certainly familiar with at least one of these, if not both. They first emerged in the mid 1950s with the introduction of Window Gazing, for use with the [then] new polystyrene Windows.
When Plimpton first introduced Window Glazing, it was in long strips which the junior modellers then had to cut - encouraging scissor use, how dangerous! These strips were wrapped in an off-white paper sleeve [left, below] containing instructions as to exactly how to become a junior glazier. A minor detail is that most of these wrappers were white. I know this off-white one is arguably more of a wrapper than an Information Slip, however...
...the later, yellow version [right, lower] clearly is an Information Slip...
...and I believe it would have made less sense not to include both here.
These were simply laid on top of the set, [inside!] alongside the strip of glazing material.
Mid 1950s
Set 4 galazing strips wrapper / information slip
Window Glazing Information Slip from a 1959 conversion set
305 x 26 mm = 12 x 1 inches
254 x 24 mm = 10 x 1 inches
"This wrapper contains 4 strips of Glazing Material for all types of Bayko Windows (being sufficient for a number 2 set). The various sizes are marked for cutting, and are fitted underneath the retaining lugs in each corner of the window, or where no lugs are provided can be secured with any tube glue."
"The window glazing material when cut to the size required is fitted underneath the four retaining lugs of the frame. Where no lugs are provided the material can be secured with any tube glue."
Personally, Luddite that I am, I've never really come to terms with BAYKO glazing, and never use it, and perhaps that has contributed to my lack of enthusiasm for this particular entry.  If so, I apologise. Glazing rocks!!!
Garage Doors & Ramps Explanation - 1959
When these parts were first launched, the BAYKO manuals hadn't caught up with the fact...
...and, in deed, if the items were the result of the acquisition of a conversion set [other than a #3X] they didn't contain a BAYKO manual anyway... these small slips were included with the sets [and some conversion] sets in the second half of 1959.
The script sets out simple instructions to the aspiring young modeller as to how they should use the new parts, and seems to me to be perfectly self-explanatory, so will get no further comment from me... anywhere on the image [right] to see a larger version if you can't quite read it.
Presumably, once the manuals had caught up with the new parts, this information slip would no longer have been necessary - alas, of course, the MECCANO takeover intervened.
Opening (or Garage) Doors and Ramps Information Slip
63 x 38 mm = 2.5 x 1.5 inches
However, I always feel slightly sad at this point...
...Plimpton recognised the subsequent play value of BAYKO models [once they had been built] for years by the inclusion of model railway related models in the manuals...
...why, oh why, were they so slow in really attacking this marketing opportunity?
'With Compliments Slips'
Oh, all right then, I have to admit that these aren't actually Information Slips, and I cannot claim that they are in their correct chronological position...
...but, you can't deny that they're small like the other Information Slips, and have a timeless quality!
I suspect that we're all sufficiently familiar with the concept of 'with compliments slips' for me not to need to explain their role in commercial life.
1950 to 1954 With Compliments Slip
1955 to 1959 With Compliments Slip
Plimpton Engineering With Compliments slip, 1950 to 1954
Plimpton Engineering With Compliments slip, 1955 to 1959
90 x 62 mm = 3.5 x 2.45 inches
84 x 61 mm = 3.3 x 2.4 inches
To me, apart from the fact that they are slightly different sizes, the most noteworthy thing about these 'With Compliments Slips' is that neither of them mentions the world's first and finest plastic construction toy...
...we know Plimpton also made parts for other firms, but even so!
So far just the two designs have emerged, from two different factories - which suggests there are more out there?
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