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Models of Yesteryear were introduced by Lesney in 1956 to supplement the Matchbox Series small model range which had been made since  since 1953. The models were based on historical renditions of classic vehicles from the steam and early automotive eras. These were often about 3½-4" in length.  

I collected Models of Yesteryear right from the beginning and in 1990, I had all of the models and most of the variations. Over the next decade I divested and today I only have ones that were memorable to me. This included all the ones at the beginning. I still have most of these on display and will share them two at a time here. My apologies for dust which I did not see until looking at the photographs.

Y-1-A was the first release, a 1925 Allchin Tractor Engine This was issued in 1956. 1/80 scale, discontinued in 1963.

 

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Y-2-A was the 2nd release, a 1911 "b" Type London Bus, again in 1956. 1/100 scale, discontinued in 1962.

 

 

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Here is the Models of Yesteryear Gift Set No. 13 which contains this pair and three others.

 

 

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Still have the Allchin. I thought I had that London bus, but apparently not. At some point, I think I had displayed my MoYs in numerical order, but now they are scattered in different categories.


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Jack Dodds
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I have many of these and love them.


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Ed Davis
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David, Paul, Jack.  What really surprises me is that you kept so many of these models from so long ago.  I suspect we are all at or near the senior citizen age category.  Though I purchased several of these in the 50s and 60s and made many plastic models, I got rid of those long ago.

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David, Paul, Jack.  What really surprises me is that you kept so many of these models from so long ago.  I suspect we are all at or near the senior citizen age category.  Though I purchased several of these in the 50s and 60s and made many plastic models, I got rid of those long ago.

Ed, my MoYs were display cars from the very start. My nephew wanted to play with them when he was young, but I never let him. 😊 My sons got my 1-75s, and those cars ended up in a laundry basket full of toys. Though my collection has expanded, I have a powerful emotional attachment to the MoYs, and I enjoy looking at them every day just as much as the more detailed and more expensive models.


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@paul-rouffa Paul; I destroyed every last one of my childhood Matchbox, Dinky, Corgi, etc. toys like most children.  My current collection was purchased since 1990.  The Matchbox toys appeal to me more than the others for some strange reason....likely based deeply in nostalgia.


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The 3rd and 4th Models of Yesteryear, and a page from a late 1950s catalogue.

 

1960 1c

 

Y-3-A was a 1907 London E Class Tramcar. This was issued in 1956. 1/80 scale, 1/130 scale, discontinued in 1965.

 

 

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Y-4-A was the release before the horse-drawn fire engine, a '1915' Sentinel Steam Waggon. This was issued in 1956. 1/80 scale, 1/100 scale, discontinued in 1960.

Paul talked above about his 75 series Matchbox cars being played with and body worn. This happened with my Sentinel Waggon which was taken from a shelf by my granddaughter and played with in the sand box. The first 3 images show a mint vehicle. The rest are my survivor. Note the second 'g' in wagon. This is correct.

 

 

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SteamWagon

 

P1100174
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Y-5-A was a 1929 4.5 Litre Bentley. This was issued in 1956. 1/80 scale, discontinued in 1960.

 

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Y-6-A was an AEC "Y" Type Lorry (says AEC 1916-1921 on base). This was issued in 1957. 1/100 scale, discontinued in 1960.

 

 

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@david-green 

Nice models.  I am curious why they made each in two different scales?

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Hi Ed.

Lesney/Matchbox originally designed their models to fit a old style box of matches. In order to keep the vehicles fitting, various scales were used,

It is only in fairly modern times that set scales started. Matchbox until they went out of business used multiple scales. Dinky Toys while often called 1/43, rarely really were.


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Though not specific to the Models of Yesteryear theme, I have a Matchbox question for you.  I had some of these, along with some Dinky Toys, in the 1950s.  My favorite Matchbox model was a Ford Thunderbird hardtop, 1958 to 1960 style.  Do you have one of them?

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Hi Ed,

Sorry but I no longer have one. I got rid of most of my early issue American cars by Matchbox several years ago. I wish I had kept them as prices have really risen.

Here it is, #75, first issued in the USA in September 1959 and the rest of the world in 1960.

 

 

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Ford Thunderbird
Debut Series 1-75
Produced 1959 to 1964
Number 75
Scale 1:80

 


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Thanks.  That is the one I had.

 

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The 7th and 8th Models of Yesteryear, and a page from a late 1950s catalogue.

 

1960 1d

 

 

Y-7-A was a 1918 Leyland 4 Ton Van. This was issued in 1957. 1/100 scale, discontinued in 1960.

 

 

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P1100147
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Y-8-A was a 1926 Morris Cowley Bullnose. This was issued in 1958. 1/50 scale, discontinued in 1961.

 

 

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I had Y-8 and Y-9 since the late fifties. Now I'm wondering what happened to them. I loved the look of both of them.


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