It seems odd that at the time this was published (1940, when Britain was literally in a fight for literally its very life as a nation, with the outcome severely in doubt) that this magazine was even published and that the government still allowed the manufacture of non-essential items like Meccano, Dinky and Hornby toys. There is even an ad in here that espouses a toy train set as the perfect way for father and son to pass the the time during a blackout.
That's an interesting observation, krac. The whole magazine has a distinct pre-war feel. If this issue really hit the stands in March 1940, it was probably edited and assembled in January or thereabouts. The blackout began on 1 September 1939 and Germany first bombed Britain in October of that year. However during much of 1940 the greater part of Britain's war action was still overseas. The Blitz brought it all home in September 1940. I've read how Britons strove mightily to maintain everyday life. Maybe Meccano Magazine was just Keeping Calm and Carrying On. Anyone know how the magazine--and the toys--fared in 1941?
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