Analysis of Meccano Manuals

1916-1921

Data on Meccano Manuals

Confirmation of those print codes in red is required (Scans of these manuals would also be appreciated).
Also details of any editions not included - especially overseas editions, would be appreciated.

Note - The numbers in green are the reference numbers from the list of USA Meccano manuals produced by Kendrick Bisset. See Kendick Bisset's website on Meccano in the United States.
Information on copyright dates etc. is available for many of the American manuals on the USA © Info page.

Print details and codes of manuals for Outfits 0-6 - 1916-21
(Liverpool)
0 Outfit - Picture of a young child with a crane and a cat looking on. 1916 is brownish. 1918-21 is black and white
1-3 Outfits - Green coloured main panel. Printing in Dark Green (front and rear), Top panel is tan coloured.
Book 1 - Light blue coloured main panel (frequently found faded to brown), Printing in Dark blue (front and rear). Buff coloured top panel.
Books 2 & 3 - Buff coloured, 'MECCANO' printed in red, rest of printing in black (front and rear). Buff coloured top panel.
Top panel in all manuals (except outfit 0) shows two boys facing inwards towards a Meccano crane - model 240 from the 1916 manuals.
Manual size 9¾" x 6½" (248x168mm) approx.
  Outfit 0
(20 pages)
Book A (1-3)
(64/66 pages)
Book 1 (1-6)
(140/142 pages)
Book 2
(84 pages)
Book 3
(54 pages)
1916 No.160
English Edition *5
Price of outfit 0 is 3/9
-- No.16 Book 1
English Edition (1)
Manual price 1/3
Model 326 on page 130
Price No.0 : 3/9

 
English Edition (2)
Manual price 1/3
Model 325 on page 130
Price No.0 : 3/9
No revised prices sticker
-- --
No.160
Colonial Edition
 
Canadian Edition
-- -- -- --
1917 No.160
English Edition *5
Price of outfit 0 is 4/6
-- No.16 Book 1
English Edition (2)
Manual price 1/3
Model 325 on page 130
Price No.0 : 3/9
With revised prices
sticker dated Jan 1 1917

 
English Edition (3)
Manual price 1/6
Part 56A Meccanograph manual added
Model 325 on page 130
Price No.0 : 3/9

With revised prices
sticker dated Jan 1 1917
 
English Edition (4)
Manual price 1/3
Model 324 on page 130
Price No.0 : 4/6
-- --
-- -- -- -- --
1918 No.180
2/18/25(Eng)
No.18A
2/18/25(Eng)
Some have revised prices
sticker dated July 10 1918

 
 
11/18/25(Eng)
 
 
11/18/50(Eng)
No.16 Book 1
English Edition (5)
Manual price 1/3
Model 323 on page 130
Price No.0 : 4/6
Some have revised prices
sticker dated Mar 1 1918

 
English Edition (6)*4
Manual price over-sticker 1/6
Model 323 on page 130
Price No.0 : 5/0
Some have revised prices
sticker dated July 10 1918

 
English Edition (7)*4
Manual price over-sticker 1/6
Model 323 on page 130
Part 56A Meccanograph manual deleted
Price No.0 : 5/0
Some have revised prices
sticker dated July 10 1918
No.18 Book 2
0618/25(Eng)
--
-- -- -- -- --
1919 No.190
519/50(Eng)
 
 
819/150(Eng)
No.18A
11/18/50(Eng)
With revised prices sticker
dated Feb 17 1919

 
No.19A
119/50(Eng)*1
With separate parts list at front
 
119/50(Eng)*1
With separate parts list at rear
Some have revised prices
sticker dated Feb 17 1919

 
4/19/50(Eng)
Some have revised prices
sticker dated Feb 17 1919

 
719/100(Eng)
 
819/250(Eng)
No.19 Book 1
119/10(Eng)*2
 
 
319/10(Eng)
 
 
619/10(Eng)
 
 
819/15(Eng)
 
 
1119/15(Eng)
No.18 Book 2
0618/25(Eng)
With revised prices sticker
dated Feb 17 1919

 
 
 
No.19 Book 2
919/10(Eng)
 
No.160
Canadian Edition
with 719/5 price list
sticker for Canada
-- 819/15(Eng)
with 719/5 price list
sticker for Aus/NZ/SA

 
819/15(Eng)
with 1019/3 price list
sticker dated May 1919
for Aus/NZ/SA
-- --
1920 No.200
320/50(Eng)
420/50(Eng)
 
1220/50(Eng)
No.20A
220/50(Eng)
420/50(Eng)
1020/10(Eng)
1120/100(Eng)
No.20 Book 1
119/10(Eng)*3
No.20 label pasted on
lower part of front cover

 
720/20(Eng)
 
No.20 Book 2
220/10(Eng)
 
 
1220/10(Eng)
--
-- No.19A
819/250(Eng)
with 420/10 price list
sticker for Aus/NZ/SA
No.19 Book 1
819/15(Eng)
with 120/10 price list
sticker for Aus/NZ/SA
-- --
1921 No.210
 
921/50(Eng)
1021/15(Eng)
No.21A
521/100(Eng)*6
 
1021/40(Eng)
No.21 Book 1
 
 
1021/10(Eng)
No.21 Book 2
 
 
1021/5(Eng)
No.21 Book 3
 
921/15(Eng)
 
-- 521/100(Eng)
with pages 55-58 cut out
and replacement pages
pasted in with 921/10
print code for Canada
-- -- --
1922 -- -- -- -- --
-- -- -- -- No.21 Book 3
921/15(Eng)
overprinted 'Overseas'
and with pasted in
replacement pages
45-48 with
printcode of 822/10

Note *1 - Two versions of the 119/50(Eng) Outfit 1-3 manual are known - One with the list of separate Meccano parts at the beginning like the earlier manuals and the other with the list at the end like the later manuals.
Note *2 - This manual probably does not exist. It has almost certainly has been mixed up with the misprinted 1920 manual print code - see Note *3.
Note *3 - The No.20 manual with the label stuck over the bottom panel and the 119/10 print code clearly has a misprinted print code, as the contents - in particularly the list of separate Meccano parts - match with an expected print date of 1/20. The print code should almost certainly have read 120/10.
Note *4 - Sometimes these manuals are seen without the price sticker on the front cover. However there is usually evidence to show that it was originally there.
Note *5 - It is likely that there are more editions of the No.160 outfit 0 manual. Info required on any additional versions of these manuals.
Note *6 - A manual exists - unfortunately without covers - that appears to be identical to the 521/100 Book A with the exception of the number of patents on page 1. Patents 103,370 and 2,085/11 are omitted. Is this manual just a varient of the 5/21 manual - affecting a small part of the print run, or is it a currently unknown edition?

Details of the Revised Price Stickers
From 1917 to 1919 many manuals were seen with revised price stickers stuck in over the printed Meccano Price List, due to rapid price increases in this period.
Date Print Colour Outfits Listed Price of Largest Outfit Accessory Parts Listed
Jan 1st 1917 Red 0-2X 2X = 19/6 None
March 1st 1918 Red 0-6, 0A-5A 6 = 130/- 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 52, 53,
54, 56, 58, 94, 99, 105
July 10th 1918 Red 0-6, 0A-5A 6 = 145/- None
Feb 17th 1919 Blue 0-6, 0A-5A, Inv 6 = 180/- None
Feb 17th 1919 Red 0-6, 0A-5A, Inv 6 = 180/- 8, 9, 19A, 20A, 21, 22,
22A, 23A, 24, 25, 26,
37A, 40, 56, 59, 63, 65
 
Details of the Overseas Price Stickers
Manuals for Overseas destinations - Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa had a sticker with the Meccano Price List stuck in over the normal Meccano Price List for manuals exported to those countries.
Countries Print Code Date of List Price of Outfit 6 Last Meccano Accessory Part
Canada 719/5 Jan 1919 $40.00 106
Aust/NZ/SA 719/5
1019/3
May 1919 £12:10:00 101
Aust/NZ/SA 120/10
420/10
-- £12:10:00 113

Note - The above lists those stickers that are known, However there are likely to be more.

Print details and codes of manuals for Outfits 00-6 - 1916-23
(America)
00 Outfit - Folded single sheet. Black printing on white paper - Size when folded 9-7/8" x 6-15/16" (251x176mm)
Outfit 0 - Book 1 - Book 2 - Outfits 1-3 - Outfits 4-6
Top panel in all manuals (except outfit 00 & 0) shows two boys facing inwards towards a Meccano Aeroplane - model 117 from the 1916 manuals.
Manual size 9¾" x 6½" (248x168mm) approx.
  Outfit 00 Outfit 0
(18/20 pages)
Book 1 Special
(Outfits 1-2)
(44 pages)
Outfits 1-3
(68 pages)
Book 1
(Outfits 1-6)
(140/144 pages)
Outfits 4-6
(76 pages)
Book 2
(84/86 pages)
1916 -- No.160
(16.2)Instr. for No.0
-- -- No.16
(16.1)Book 1
-- --
1917 (17.3)Instructions
for 00 outfit
No.160
(17.5)Instr. for No.0
Stamped
"See revised prices"
Stuck in insert with
1917 revised prices

 
(17.2)Instr. for No.0
Pages 17/18 removed
Price list on rear page says
revised Jan 1917
Mentions outfit 00
-- -- No.16
(17.6)Book 1*1
As ref 16.1 but with
revised prices insert
dated Jan 1917
Does not mention outfit 00

 
(17.1)Book 1*1
As ref 16.1 but with
pages 135/6 replaced with
new page showing prices
revised Jan 1917
Mentions outfit 00
-- --
1918 -- -- -- -- -- -- No.18
(18.1)Book 2
Parts to 108
1919 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1920 -- No.160
(20.5)Instr. for No.0
Liverpool address,
set prices page 3
No.16A*2
(20.2)Book 1 Special
-- No.16
(20.1)Book 1
As ref 16.1 but with
pages 4/5 glued together
and pages 133-136 replaced
by new pages 133-140
Pages 137-140 unnumbered
-- No.18
(20.4)Book 2
As ref 18.1 but with
Pages 4/5 glued together
and pages 79/80 replaced
by new pages 79-82
Parts to 112
1921 -- No.160
(21.3)Instr. for No.0
As ref 20.5 except
page inserted after page 6
print ref 621/10
additional parts
-- No.21
(21.2)3-21/80
 
(21.5)3-21/80
Paste in page 57
and Elizabeth address
-- -- --
1922 -- -- -- No.21
(22.5)3-21/80
Paste in page 57
with 1922 prices
and Elizabeth address
-- -- No.18
(22.1)Book 2
As per ref 20.4
Also paste in 1922 prices
and Elizabeth address
1923 -- -- -- -- -- 23A
(23.5)
C 0232.5
Elizabeth address
No.18
(23.6)Book 2
As per ref 18.1
Pages 4/5 glued together
and pages 79/80 replaced
by new pages 79-82
Parts to 412B

Note *1 - Parts list pages 4/5 in 1917 No.16 manual stamped 'See revised price list page 135'. New page 135/6 stuck in, in place of existing page.
Note *2 - The No.16A Book 1 Special manual covered outfits 1 & 2. Although it says copyright 1916 on the front cover, it includes parts up to 112 and mentions the Inventor's Accessory B outfit. This therefore dates it to around 1920. Does a 1916 version exist?
Note 3 - In order to avoid wasting surplus old manuals, many of these old manuals had new pages stuck on the stubs of old cut-out pages. this was done in order to update the manual for revised prices, parts lists etc.
Note 4 - Except where otherwise noted above, the above American manuals all have a New York address apart for Book 2, which give a Brooklyn address.


Pagination/contents of Outfit 0 Manuals - 1916-21
(Liverpool and America)
  Liverpool Liverpool America America America America
  1916
(20 pages)
1918-1921
(20 pages)
1916
(16.2)
(20 pages)
1917
(17.2)(17.5)
(18 pages)
1920
(20.5)
(20 pages)
1921
(21.3)
(22 pages)
A Talk with New Meccano Boys Page 3 Page 3 Page 2 Page 2 Page 2 Page 2
Money and Fame for Meccano Boys
Meccano is Easy
Boys! Build Bigger Models
Another Competition has Started
Page 4 -- Page 3 Page 3 Page 19 Page 19
Meccano is Easy
Boys! Build Bigger Models
The Meccano Magazine
-- Page 4 -- -- -- --
Splendid New Meccano Models Page 5 Page 5 Page 4 Page 4 Page 17 Page 17
The More Meccano You Have the
Bigger and Better the Models You Can Build
Page 6 Page 6 Page 5 Page 5 Page 18 Page 18
Meccanograph - Another Fine Special Model -- -- Page 6 Page 6 -- --
How to Build With Meccano Page 7 Page 7 Page 7 Page 7 Page 7 Page 7
Outfit 0 Models Pages
7-16
Pages
7-16
Pages
7-16
Pages
7-16
Pages
7-16
Pages
7-16
Meccano Patents
Meccano is More Than a Toy
Page 17 Page 17 Page 17 -- -- --
Prices of Meccano Accessory Parts
Contents of No.0 Outfit
Page 18 Page 18 -- -- -- --
Prices of Meccano Accessory Parts -- -- Page 18 -- -- --
Contents of No.0 Outfit -- -- Page 19 -- -- --
Meccano Patents
Meccano is More than a Toy
Contents of No.0 Outfit
-- -- -- Page 19 Page 20
(RC)
Page 20
(RC)
Meccano Price List Page 19
(IRC)
Page 19
(IRC)
Page 20
(RC)
Page 20
(RC)
Pages
3-6
Pages
3-6
New Accessory Parts
(This is an unnumbered additional page
which is blank on the rear
inserted after page 6)
-- -- -- -- -- Page 6A

Note - Page numbering includes the cover.

 

Pagination/contents of Book A (Outfits 1-3) and Book 1 (Outfits 1-6) Manuals - 1916-21
(Liverpool)
  No.16
Book 1

(140 pages)
1918*1
Book A

(64 pages)
1919*1 to
Early 1920
Book A

(64 pages)
1919 to
Early 1920
Book 1

(140 pages)
1920 Late
Book A

(64 pages)
1920 Late
Book 1

(142 pages)
1921 Early
Book A
*3
(64 pages)
1921 Late
Book A

(66 pages)*2
1921
Book 1

(142 pages)
Meccano Patents Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1
To Meccano Boys Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Meccano Prize Competitions
Important Notice
Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 3
Outfit 1 Models Pages
6-25
Pages
6-25
Pages
4-23
Pages
4-23
Pages
4-23
Pages
4-23
Pages
4-23
Pages
4-23
Pages
4-23
Outfit 2 Models Pages
26-38
Pages
26-38
Pages
24-36
Pages
24-36
Pages
24-36
Pages
24-36
Pages
24-36
Pages
24-36
Pages
24-36
Outfit 3 Models Pages
39-53
Pages
39-53
Pages
37-51
Pages
37-51
Pages
37-51
Pages
37-51
Pages
37-51
Pages
37-51
Pages
37-51
Outfit 4 Models Pages
54-76
-- -- Pages
52-74
-- Pages
52-74
-- -- Pages
52-74
Outfit 5 Models Pages
77-94
-- -- Pages
75-92
-- Pages
75-92
-- -- Pages
75-92
Outfit 6 & Special Models Pages
95-130
-- -- Pages
93-128
-- Pages
93-128
-- -- Pages
93-128
Standard Details for Use
in the Construction of Models
on the Meccano Principle
Pages
131-133
Pages
54-56
Pages
52-54
Pages
129-131
Pages
52-54
Pages
129-131
Pages
52-54
Pages
52-54
Pages
129-131
The Meccano Electric Motor
The Meccano Spring Motor
Page 134 Page 57 Page 55 Page 132 Page 55 Page 132 -- -- --
Meccano Motors and
Accessory Outfits
-- -- -- -- -- -- Page 55 Page 55 Page 132
Particulars and Prices
of Meccano Parts
Pages
4-5
Pages
4-5
Pages
56-57
Pages
133-134
Pages
56-58
Pages
133-135
Pages
56-58
Pages
59-61
Pages
135-137
Price List Page 135 Page 58 Page 58 Page 135 Page 59 Page 136 Page 59 Page 62 Page 138
Contents of Outfits Page 136 Page 59 Page 59 Page 136 Page 60 Page 137 Page 60 Page 57 Page 133
Contents of Inventor's Outfits -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Page 58 Page 134
Meccano Magazine
More Fun for You, Boys!
-- Page 60 Page 60 -- -- -- -- -- --
Meccano is More Than a Toy
(Standard Rear Cover)
Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover

Note *1 - Some Book A manuals with print code 119/50 have the 'Particulars and Prices of Meccano Parts' pages at the front (like the earlier 1918 manuals) and others have them at the rear (like the later manuals). Obviously a transitional manual.
Note *2 - Some manuals have an additional page glued in at the rear which results in a total number of pages which is not a multiple of four.
Note *3 - A copy of the 521/100 Book A manual has been seen with pages 55-58 removed and new Canadian price list unnumbered pages stuck in dated 9/21. Pages are 55-7 : Parts and Particulars of Meccano Parts. Page 57 : Prices of Meccano Parts. Page 58 : Motors and Electrical/Inventor's Outfits
Note 4 - Some manuals have an additional totally blank page at the front and rear inserted between the cover and the contents. (This is not included in the number of pages in a manual).

Pagination/contents of the various manuals for Outfits 1-6 - 1916-23
(America)
  1916/7
(16.1)(17.6)
No.16 Book 1
(Outfits 1-6)

(140 pages)
1917
(17.1)
No.16 Book 1
(Outfits 1-6)

(140 pages)
1920
(20.1)
No.16 Book 1
(Outfits 1-6)

(144 pages)
1920
(20.3)
No.16A
Book 1 Special
(Outfits 1-2)

(44 pages)
1922/3
(21.2)(21.5)(22.5)
No.21
(Outfits 1-3)

(68 pages)
1923
(23.5)
No.23A
(Outfits 4-6)

(76 pages)
Meccano Patents Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 -- Page 1 --
To Meccano Boys Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
1-2
Pages
2-3
--
Meccano Prize Competitions
Important Notice
Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 Page 2 Page 3 --
Particulars and Prices
of Meccano Parts
Pages
4-5
Pages
4-5
Pages
4-5
-- Pages
57-60
--
Meccano - Instructions for Outfits 4, 5 & 6
Important Notice
Grand Prize Contest
-- -- -- -- -- Page 1
Outfit 1 Models Pages
6-25
Pages
6-25
Pages
6-25
Pages
3-22
Pages
4-23
--
Outfit 2 Models Pages
26-38
Pages
26-38
Pages
26-38
Pages
23-35
Pages
24-36
--
Outfit 3 Models Pages
39-53
Pages
39-53
Pages
39-53
-- Pages
37-51
--
Outfit 4 Models Pages
54-76
Pages
54-76
Pages
54-76
-- -- Pages
2-24
Outfit 5 Models Pages
77-94
Pages
77-94
Pages
77-94
-- -- Pages
25-42
Outfit 6 & Special Models Pages
95-130
Pages
95-130
Pages
95-130
-- -- Pages
43-70
Special Meccano Models No.330
Meccano Motor Chassis
-- -- -- -- Page 52 --
Standard Details for Use
in the Construction of Models
on the Meccano Principle
Pages
131-133
Pages
131-133
Pages
131-133
-- Pages
53-55
Page 71
The Meccano Electric Motor
The Meccano Spring Motor
Page 134 Page 134 -- -- -- --
Price List of Outfits -- -- -- -- Page 56 --
Meccano Motor and Transformers -- -- Page 134 -- Page 61 --
Meccano Inventor's Outfits -- -- Page 135 -- -- --
Meccano Electrical Outfits
Meccano Inventor's Outfits
-- -- -- -- Page 62 --
Meccano Magazine
More Fun for You, Boys!
-- -- -- -- Page 63 --
Price List Page 135 -- -- -- -- --
Contents of Outfits Page 136 Page 136 Page 136 Page 36 Page 64 --
Meccano Price List -- Page 135 Pages
137-140
Pages
37-40
-- Page 72
Meccano is More Than a Toy
(Standard Rear Cover)
Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover
 

Pagination/contents of Book 2 and Book 3 - 1918-23
(Liverpool and America)
  Liverpool
& America
Liverpool Liverpool Liverpool America Liverpool
  Book 2
1918

(18.1)
(84 pages)
Book 2
1919-Early 1920

(86 pages)*2
Book 2
Late 1920

(86 pages)*2
Book 2
1921

(86 pages)*2
Book 2
1920-3
*1
(20.4)(22.1)(23.6)
(84 pages)
Book 3
(54 pages)*2
Hornby Trains (in colour) -- -- -- -- -- Frontispiece
(2 pages)
Meccano Patents Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1
100 New Meccano Models Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
--
Meccano for Scientific Boys
The Meccano Magazine
Important Notice
Page 3 Page 3 Page 3 -- Page 3 --
Meccano for Scientific Boys
The New Meccano Manual of Instruction No.3
The Meccano Magazine
Important Notice
-- -- -- Page 3 -- --
Model No's 327-418 Pages
6-65
Pages
4-63
Pages
4-63
Pages
4-62
Pages
6-65
--
Interesting Experiments in
Applied Mechanics with Meccano
(Model No's 419-428)
Pages
66-79
Pages
64-77
Pages
64-77
Pages
63-75
-- --
Interesting Experiments in
Applied Mechanics with Meccano
(Model No's 419-426)
-- -- -- -- Pages
66-78
--
Model No's 429-455 -- -- -- -- -- Pages
2-43
The Meccano Electric Motor
The Meccano Spring Motor
-- Page 78 Page 78 -- -- --
Meccano Motors and
Accessory Outfits
-- -- -- Page 76 -- Page 44
Contents of Outfits -- -- -- Page 77 -- --
Contents of Inventor's Outfits -- -- -- Page 78 -- --
Particulars and Prices of Meccano Parts Pages
4-5
Pages
79-80
Pages
79-81
Pages
79-81
Pages
79-82*1
Pages
45-47
Price List Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 82 Page 79 Page 48
Meccano is More Than a Toy
(Standard Rear Cover)
Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover Rear Cover

Note *1 - These American manuals have pages 4/5 glued together and 79/80 removed and replacement pages 79-82 (unnumbered) stuck in, in their place
Note *2 - Some manuals have an additional page glued in at the rear (and/or the front) which results in a total number of pages which is not a multiple of four.
Note 3 - Some manuals have an additional totally blank page at the front and rear inserted between the cover and the contents. (This is not included in the number of pages in a manual)


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