Barclay Miniature Toy Vehicles, Transports, Cars, Trucks, and Trains 1932-1971: A Comprehensive Catalog and Price Guide

Howard W. Melton

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This is the first comprehensive catalog and price guide covering all four ranges of miniature toy vehicles produced by Barclay Manufacturing Company, Inc. (New Jersey) from 1932 to 1971. It covers nearly 2,000 variations of these toys along with a history of the company, the manufacturing process, detailed identification grids and explanations, rarity notations, pricing ranges, a biography, and over 650 color photos. Barclay began producing miniature transports and trains in the early 1930s and added trucks and cars in the 1950s. All four ranges were produced until the company closed in 1971. The toys were colorful, well-designed, inexpensive, and popular throughout the period they were produced. The appendix includes pictures of related toys. Since most of these toys do not identify the manufacturer and many variations are rare, the book is indispensable for anyone interested in collectable toys.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 688 color images | Price Guide | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349133

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Howard W. Melton is a practicing attorney, with extensive business experience, and a lifelong collector. Having played with these Barclay toys as a child, Dr. Melton began collecting them in 1970. As the collection grew, he co-authored Barclay Toys, Transports & Cars 1932-1971, (“Barclay Toys”), with Robert E. Wagner, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2004. Dr. Melton has published a number of books and articles in the areas of law and accounting. In addition to practicing law, he has been a university professor, a corporate executive, and an entrepreneur, and continues to be very active in civic affairs. He earned his B.B.Ad. degree from Eastern New Mexico University, his J.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.