MECCANO General Products Price Lists
Including BAYKO

These lists contain comparatively little in terms of reference to BAYKO, non-the-less they are full of useful, interesting information. There are also four catalogues, which contain far more information. Together they give an indication of how BAYKO was regarded by Mr. MECCANO during his tenure.
These Price Lists would have been handed out, by retailers, to their customers to encourage them to part with their hard earned pennies...
...they are unusually consistent compared with the way that so many other MECCANO era documents evolved.
The catalogues fulfil the same role, but were generally charged for. They are set out at the foot of this page...
 
1960 - MECCANO 4-Page General Products Price List - Hamleys Version
This is the 1960, MECCANO General Products Price List. As far as I can tell, this is the first to include BAYKO - here proudly displayed on the front cover.
There is an element of ambition in this document, because set #13 certainly wasn't available at the time this document went to press in July 1960 and set #14 only emerged a year or so later!
This 4 page, folded leaflet format became MECCANO's standard for both domestic and export markets, being used regularly, though not exclusively, for several years.
An obvious point of interest with this particular version [right] is the inclusion of the Hamleys logo and address, preprinted in the bottom section. Whereas a less favoured retailer, i.e. smaller local toy shops, would normally have to add their own rubber stamp.
145 mm x 228 = 5.7 x 9.0 inches
Front cover of the 1960 MECCANO products price list, Hamleys version, including the BAYKO set prices
 
MECCANO Products Price List - August, 1961
Front cover of the 1961 MECCANO products price list, including the BAYKO set prices
This is the 1961, MECCANO general products price list, with BAYKO proudly displayed on the front cover...
...indeed, at this stage, BAYKO seems to rate #2 in the product priorities, second only to MECCANO itself.
This 4 page, folded leaflet is print-coded August, 1961.
The shape of this leaflet certainly seems unusual...
...I'm not sure, but it isn't based on the old foolscap paper size [folded in half vertically] which is the only paper size of the period that I'm familiar with.
The prices shown on the sheet have actually gone up slightly since the large order form above, dated February 1961...
...perhaps a little surprising when you consider that BAYKO was only relaunched less than 12 months earlier!
139 mm x 286 = 5.5 x 11.35 inches
 
1961 - MECCANO 4-Page General Products Price List - Hamleys Version
This is the 1961, MECCANO General Products Price List, which, again, includes BAYKO, proudly displayed bang in the middle of the front cover.
The element of ambition in this document, compared with the previous year [above] is less pronounced, because set #13 was certainly now available at the time this document went to press, and set #14 emerged during the year covered by this Price List.
This 4 page, folded leaflet format was MECCANO's standard, for both domestic and export markets, being used regularly, though not exclusively, for several years.
The key point of interest with this leaflet [right] is the inclusion of the Hamleys logo and address, preprinted in the bottom section. Whereas a less favoured retailer, i.e. smaller, local toy shops, would invariably have to add their own rubber stamp.
 
145 mm x 274 = 5.8 x 10.8 inches
 
Front cover of the 1960 MECCANO products price list, Hamleys version, including the BAYKO set prices
 
1963 - MECCANO General Products Price List - Hamleys Version
Front cover of the September 1965 MECCANO products price list, Hamleys version
This is the May, 1963, MECCANO general products price list as issued by Hamleys.
This, apart from the specific Hamleys branding, is one of a long line of such documents produced by MECCANO.
The BAYKO entry stays bang in the middle of the front page of this 4 page, folded leaflet, which is dated 1963. There is a printers code on the back page which narrows this down to May.
Given that mainstream BAYKO production stopped in less than a year, it's interesting to see that BAYKO was still given such a prominent position.
126 mm x 270 = 5.0 x 10.6 inches
 
1964 - MECCANO Products Price List
This is the 1964, MECCANO general products price list, with BAYKO still displayed proudly on the front cover...
...even though BAYKO production ceased at the start of the year, after 30 years of challenging, amusing and educating the youth of Britain - and many other places on the planet!
This 4 page, folded leaflet is print-coded January, 1964.
The shape of this leaflet certainly seems unusual...
...I'm not sure of the logic, but marketeers generally seemed obsessed with making things bigger for maximum impact, so that may be part of it.
The prices shown on the sheet are unchanged from the previous year...
...not a lot of compensation for the death of the world's finest construction toy!
139 mm x 291 = 5.5 x 11.45 inches
Front cover of the 1964 MECCANO products price list, including the BAYKO set prices
 
1964 - MECCANO General Products Price List - Hamleys Version
Front cover of the September 1965 MECCANO products price list, Hamleys version
Left is the 1964, MECCANO general products price list as issued by Hamleys.
This, apart from the specific Hamleys branding, is one of a long line of such documents produced by MECCANO.
The BAYKO entry stays bang in the middle of the front page of this 4 page, folded leaflet, which is dated 1964. There is a printers code on the back page which narrows this down to September.
Given that mainstream BAYKO production stopped in 1964, it's interesting to see that BAYKO still took such a prominent position, albeit, as far as I can determine, for the last time.
139 mm x 290 = 5.5 x 11.4 inches
 
1965 - MECCANO Products Price List - Hamleys Version
Front cover of the September 1965 MECCANO products price list, Hamleys version
Page 2 of the September 1965 MECCANO products price list, Hamleys version showing the BAYKO prices
Front
Page 2
This is the 1965, MECCANO general products price list - well, almost...
...this particular version was specifically printed for Hamleys, a large toy store in London.
This document appears to confirms my suspicion that, though removed from the market in 1964, BAYKO was still made available through 'selected' (?) retailers for some time afterwards, but without any marketing support...
...milking it in other words.
By now BAYKO has now been relegated to the top of page 2 of this 4 page, folded leaflet, which is dated September, 1964.
The prices shown on the sheet are still unchanged.
139 mm x 216 = 5.5 x 8.5 inches
 
1965 - MECCANO Products Price List
This is a general MECCANO products price list and is the last one with BAYKO still displayed on the front cover...
...which has to be a little surprising, given that BAYKO production had ceased more than a year earlier.
The leaflet is actually print-coded December, 1964.
At least MECCANO had the decency not to put up their BAYKO prices this year!
There are 2 other vultures at the feast...
...PLAY-DOH was actually produced in the old BAYKO factory space...
...and CLiKi & CLiKi-PLUS were MECCANO's next attempts to corner the plastic construction toy market.
The document is a simple, folded, 4 page format and is essentially the same odd shape as the 1964 version : -
140 mm x 290 mm = 5.55 x 11.4 inches
1965 MECCANO products price list, including BAYKO set prices
 
1966 - MECCANO Products Price List
Front Cover
Page 2
Front cover of the July, 1966 price list
Rear of the July, 1966 price list,including the BAYKO prices
This is a general MECCANO products price list with BAYKO, perhaps not altogether surprisingly, relegated to the inside pages - page 2 in fact.
The document is a simple, folded, 4 page format and is dated July, 1966.
Surprisingly enough, more than 2 years after MECCANO ceased production of BAYKO, they had the brass neck to actually put up the prices of their residual stock!
139 mm x 217 = 5.5 x 8.5 inches
 
Hamleys September 1966 - MECCANO Products Price List
Front Cover
Page 2
Front cover of the July, 1966 price list
Rear of the July, 1966 price list,including the BAYKO prices
This is a basically identical to the standard version [above], but this time with the commercial details of Hamleys, a large, London based toy shop added to the bottom of the front page.
The document is a simple, folded, 4 page format and is dated September, 1966.
139 mm x 217 = 5.5 x 8.5 inches
 
1967 - MECCANO Products Price List - Version 1
Front Cover
Page 2
Front cover of the January, 1967 price list
Page 2 of the January, 1967 price list, including the BAYKO prices
This is the last piece of MECCANO era literature that I've been able to get hold of which makes any reference to BAYKO, which, if nothing else, makes it something of a sad piece.
This is a general MECCANO products price list with BAYKO again relegated to the inside pages - page 2 in fact.
The document is a simple 4 page format and is dated January, 1967.
Rather cheekily, MECCANO put up the prices of their residual stocks of BAYKO again!
146 mm x 212 mm = 5.75 x 8.35 inches
 
1967 - MECCANO Products Price List - Version 2
Front Cover
Page 2
Front cover of the January, 1967 beige price list
Page 2 of the January, 1967 beige price list, including the BAYKO prices
This is another version of the last piece of MECCANO era literature that I've been able to get hold of which makes any reference to BAYKO. Whether this, or the one immediately above, is the last, I've no means of knowing as there are no date codes.
This is a general MECCANO products price list with BAYKO again relegated to the inside pages - page 2 again.
The document is a simple 4 page format and is again dated January, 1967.
There are two discernable differences from the previous document : -
 
The colour of the paper.
 
 
The missing "UK" from the top right hand corner.
 
The latter may have some significance, but, if it has, I'm not aware of it I'm sorry to have to admit.
146 mm x 212 mm = 5.75 x 8.35 inches
 
There is a MECCANO General Products Catalogue which set out the product range for 1960, and, as such, may well have been available late in 1959. In a BAYKO sense, it appears to be extremely confused, and, I believe, warrants a page to itself...,
 
1963 - MECCANO General Products Catalogue
Front Cover
BAYKO Prices
1963 MECCANO Products Cataloge - Front Cover
1963 MECCANO Products Cataloge - BAYKO Prices
1963 MECCANO Products Cataloge - Left hand BAYKO page
1963 MECCANO Products Cataloge - Right hand BAYKO page
Left hand BAYKO page
Right hand BAYKO page
In some ways this catalogue is the most significant document from the MECCANO BAYKO era, for the simple reason that the format was copied, with translations where appropriate, for markets all over the world.
The two BAYKO pages claim alphabetical superiority and appear as pages 2 and 3, though, confusingly, the BAYKO prices actually appear on the last page of the pull-out section.
150 x 106 mm = 5.9 x 4.2 inches
 
1964 - MECCANO General Products Catalogue
Front Cover
BAYKO Page
1964 MECCANO Products Cataloge - Front Cover
1963 MECCANO Products Cataloge - BAYKO Page
1964 MECCANO Products Cataloge - BAYKO prices
The UK version of the 1964 MECCANO Products Catalogue, shown here, provides the basis template from which the other, export versions were created.
However, unlike the 1963 equivalent, the actual design details of the front cover [above, left] varied according to the product range carried in each market.
The BAYKO page shown here [above, right] is produced on the inside of the front cover, which was not standard for all markets, though the actual page design was.
The BAYKO prices [left] appear on the first page [of two] of the pull-out price list section. Again this was not standard for all markets. Click anywhere on the image for a larger image of the BAYKO set prices.
This catalogue, its export equivalents, and the slightly later version [below] represent the last form of direct marketing for BAYKO.
I have two export versions of this catalogue : -
BAYKO Prices page
222 x 172 mm = 8.75 x 6.8 inches
 
1964 or 1965 - MECCANO General Products Catalogue - Version 2
Front Cover
BAYKO Page
1964 MECCANO Products Cataloge - Front Cover
1963 MECCANO Products Cataloge - BAYKO Page
1964 MECCANO Products Cataloge - BAYKO prices
Superficially, this MECCANO General Products Catalogue is the same as the earlier 1964 version above. I say this is the later version, as it now includes PLAY-DOH, which didn't get mentioned elsewhere before 1965.
The main difference which has been made to the Front Cover [above, left] is the inclusion of the PLAY-DOH box as the cow-catcher of the locomotive.
As far as I can tell, the BAYKO page shown here [above, right] is identical to its predecessor.
The BAYKO prices [left] again appear on the first page [of two] of the pull-out price list section. Here the BAYKO prices have remained unchanged from the earlier version, but the price list itself now also includes the PLAY-DOH prices for the first time.
This catalogue, and its export equivalents, represent the last form of direct marketing for BAYKO, though BAYKO was still mentioned in MECCANO General Products Price Lists as you can see in the various examples above.
BAYKO Prices page
222 x 172 mm = 8.75 x 6.8 inches
 
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