Meccano Ltd imported Meccano into the United States of America from an early date. This was initially via the Embossing Company of Albany. The Meccano Company of America Inc. was then formed in 1913 with offices in New York. In around 1922 they established a factory in Elizabeth, New Jersey. However in around 1929/30 the American operation was taken over by Gilbert who owned Erector - a competitor. However by the late 1930s, Meccano, Liverpool was importing its toys into America once more. Henry Hudson Dodson appears to have been the main player in the American operation. See http://www.maronline.org.uk/dinky-toys-and-h-hudson-dobson-1891-1975-part-i/.
Included in this page is all the literature (except for manuals) issued by Meccano, America, whilst controlled from Meccano, Liverpool. For construction sets produced by Gilbert under the Meccano label in the 1930s see Meccano-Gilbert, Meccano-Morecraft and Meccano-Brik in the "OTHER SYSTEMS" section of this website.
A letter dated 18th October 1909 from the Embossing company enclosing some sample Harbutt's Plasticine advertising (attached) and their current 1909 catalogue (see next item).
The Embossing company's 1909 catalogue referred to in the previous item. This includes Meccano.
An advertising Leaflet for circa 1911.
A leaflet by the Embossing Company for Meccano dealers showing promotional items.
The 1912/13 catalogue by the Embossing Company which includes Meccano.
A 1913 advertising leaflet for Meccano.
The story of Meccano - the circa 1913 catalogue.
An advertising Leaflet for circa 1914.
An advertising Leaflet dated 1914.
The story of Meccano - the circa 1914 catalogue.
Competition Entry Form for the 1914/5 Meccano Contest.
An advertising Leaflet dated 1915 (with Meccano's address under the Competition announcement).
An advertising Leaflet dated 1915 (without Meccano's address under the Competition announcement).
Competition Entry Form for the 1915/6 Meccano Contest.
Competition Entry Form for the 1916/7 Meccano Contest.
An advertising Leaflet dated 1917.
Same advertising Leaflet dated 1917, except that the bottom of the rear page gives the Meccano company's address.
A Dealers Leaflet circa 1917.
The Meccano Wonder Book - the circa 1917 catalogue.
The Meccano Wonder Book - the circa 1917 catalogue.Almost identical to the previous item except that a few pictures are slightly different.
An advertising Leaflet dated 1918.
The Story of Dick's visit to Meccanoland - circa 1919.
A letter from Meccano to a Structo owner informing them that Structo no longer sells their construction toy. However Meccano can supply them as most parts are the same. They are including the current (1920) Meccano illustrated parts list (attached) and the Meccanoland book (see next item).
The Meccano-Land book circa 1920.
An advertising Leaflet for circa 1920.
A Parts Price List - circa 1921.
An advertising Leaflet dated June 1921 - print ref. 621/300.
An advertising leaflet for the Meccano Magazine. No date noted, but probably around the early 1920s.
A Meccano brochure - circa 1922.
An instruction leaflet for the Electric Motor dated September 1923 - print ref. C092310.
An advertising Leaflet dated October 1923 - print ref. B1023200.
An advertising Leaflet for circa 1924.
The 1924 Meccano brochure.
The Jackie Coogan Book - circa 1925.
The 1925 Meccano brochure.
The Adventure in Meccanoland book - mid 1920s.
A leaflet adverting the new coloured Meccano, dated October 1926 - print ref. B1026300.
A Meccano brochure - circa 1926.
How Jack Discovered the Perfect Toy - circa 1926.
An advertising Leaflet dated October 1927 - print ref. L1027200.
The 1929 Meccano brochure - print ref. O-0928/50.
The 1929 Meccano brochure - print ref. PL. 1029-50.
The 1939/40 UK Products Catalogue with H.Hudson Dobson's stamp on the front cover.
A 1939/40 US Price List for Aeroplane and Car Constructor and Dinky Toys by H.Hudson Dobson.
An advertising leaflet for the Meccano Chiming Clock set - early 1970s.
A Parts Price List - early 1970s.
An Advert in the November 1913 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
An Advert in the November 1913 issue of Harpers Magazine.
An Advert from a paper circa 1914.
An Advert from a paper circa 1917.
An Advert from a paper circa 1918.
Another Advert from a paper circa 1918.
Another Advert from Popular Mechanics circa 1920.
An Advert from the December 1920 issue of The Literary Digest.
An Advert from a paper circa 1922.
Another Advert from a paper circa 1922.
An Advert in the October 1923 issue of Boys Life.
An Advert from a paper circa 1923.
An Advert from the December 1926 issue of The Youth's Companion.
An Advert from the December 1929 issue of The American Boy.