BAYKO Storage Box

This really is a difficult item to place. Eventually I settled for the Packaging section, mainly because it's made of cardboard, but, in reality, it's packaging for the home, rather than the conventional usage. It has been suggest, though with no concrete evidence, that the boxes could have doubled as Salesmen's Sample Boxes.
Animation showing BAYKO Storage Boxes with and without labels

Animation showing BAYKO Storage Box interior
The box itself comprises four separate pieces : -
Lid : -
With or without the standard BAYKO Building Set label, but not extending the full depth of the box. [right]
Box : -
Simplistically this is a deeper version of the usual post-war set # 3 box, with similar style internal fittings, plus supports for the Small Tray.
Small Tray : -
The smaller tray has seven sections, one of which is more than twice the size of the others.
The tray is fitted with cloth lifting tabs.
This tray sits inside the box, to one side, on supports provided.
Large Tray : -
The larger tray has three rows, each of seven sections, one section again being larger than the others.
This tray is also fitted with cloth lifting tabs.
This tray is designed to sit inside the box on top.
The method of manufacture is essentially the same as that used for standard sets and the cardboard Retail Display Cabinets, producing a box strong enough to cope with careful rather than vigorous handling by the young BAYKO collector.
Brief letter from Plimpton about the use of the BAYKO Storage Boxes.
The purpose of the BAYKO Storage Box is self-explanatory, but, of course, individual BAYKO collections are different. As the letter [left] says, none of the sections are labelled (unlike the Retail Display Cabinets) leaving the young modeller free to plan his or her own storage strategy!
BAYKO Storage Boxes can easily absorb a set #4 and more, making it aspirational rather that essential, though you can't really aspire to something you don't know about can you?
I've been collecting BAYKO, on and off, for over fifty years, and, until very recently, I'd never heard of these Storage Boxes. I've come across lots of wooden boxes, made to house treasured collections, and it's easy to conclude that most of these wouldn't have existed if the availability of BAYKO Storage Boxes had been more widely known!
A real point of frustration is that the letter is undated, so we don't know exactly when it, and the Storage Box, were in use. We can pin the date down a little as the address is given as Gibraltar Row, where Plimpton lived between 1938 and 1955, though the Storage Box colour scheme is very much post-war. I can't see this sort of item existing in the post-war austerity years, so I suspect 1950 to 1955 to be the most likely dates.
Thanks to Robin Throp for first bringing this to my attention and to Stan Curran who provided all the images here.
For completeness, I have included the complete text of the letter below : -
As this container is intended for use with varying collections of Bayko, we have not included a specific layout of parts.
It will be interesting for you to plan the use of the various divisions to the best advantage.
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Latest update - January 30, 2019
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