Dinky toys were originally made in England in 1932, under the name Modeled Miniatures. These toys were first manufactured to be accessories for the Hornby train models. The first set produced was referred to as the 22 Series and was comprised of six diecast vehicles.
The year 1937 introduced the finest assortment of die-cast, mass market military toys. Their production, like most of the metal toy manufacturers, was interrupted by World War II when many of the toy dies were lost when equipment was shuffled to make room for war production. After the war (circa f1945), production was resumed, however, return to production was slow due to the need for metals in the private sector.
By 1952 the re-introduction of modeling (trains and planes) boosting manufacturing. In 1954 there were two major changes to Dinky - a new line of army vehicles arrived and the numbering system was changed as the suffix system was no longer manageable.
In addition the new 'Super Dinky Toys' in the blue striped box with a white background was introduced. It wasn't until circa 1958 that started fitting special features to their models in an effort to keep up with their competition. Mainly Corgi. To this end, by 1961 they were producing more than 20 new models with tread tires. It should be noted, that the military models had this type of tire since the mid-1950's.
Another change was made late 1960's to vehicles that were speed wheels - again to keep up with the competition. Followed by the kit business which the company moved into circa 1971. Financial troubles continued to plague the company. Eventually Dinky was purchased by Matchbox who continues to produce toys under the Dinky name.
By David Moncrief
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