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A Hornby-Dublo two-rail Display Layout from the British Trade Fair, Moscow, May 1961
A Hornby-Dublo two-rail Display Layout from the British Trade Fair, Moscow, May 1961

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A Hornby-Dublo two-rail Display Layout from the British Trade Fair, Moscow, May 1961
as illustrated in Hornby-Dublo Trains 1938-1964 by Michael Foster, New Cavendish Book, Page 62 and Meccano Magazine, August 1961, Pages x, y and z. Constructed of hardboard with wooden frame and edging and painted in pale green, the layout represents the up-to-date product range as available in 1961, with one of the special display advertising nameboards 'See the new Hornby-Dublo' (paper surface mostly torn away). Controllers and switches are located in one corner. Some buildings and stock are now detached, and no locomotives or rolling stock remain with the layout --92in. (234cm.) long, 55in. (140cm.) wide, 1961 (F, some marking and dirt, some damage and splitting to edging, some alteration to switch control area)
Provenance
According to the vendor, after the Trade Fair in Moscow, the layout spent some years in display in the Toy Department in Harrods; it was then purchased by the daughter of the Toy Department Manager. It remained in her ownership for eighteen years and was then purchased by an enthusiast who retained it for a further fifteen years. It was then purchased by a collector through long-standing personal contact with the enthusiast's family.
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