Sunday 19 May 2013

Frank Hornby is remembered, born May 15th 1863 (r.i.p)

I did an entry on this amazing man some years back, then a few days back I noticed that that entry had moved to the number one in views very recently, why, I thought it was related to his death and this turned out to be correct.

I grew up in Maghull, Merseyside, Lancashire and only recentyly I walked past Franks grave in the local church on my way to see my mother in a care home close by.

The guy in the picture is my old friend from camping club youth days, Les French, he had told me he was involved in the Frank Hornby group. Picture and words below are taken from the Liverpool Echo, my thanks to them.

Maghull Art Group Exhibition is involved with the town’s Maghull Hornby Festival which takes place this weekend, May 18 and 19.

An image of Frank Hornby by group member Bob Joy will be among those on display at the exhibition.

Maghull Art Group will also be showing off their work at its spring exhibition which will form part of the Hornby Festival.

It takes place at Deyes High School between 10.30am and 5pm on both days and pictures will be available for purchase.

Frank Hornby’s 150th birthday marked on Google’s UK homepage

The Google Doodle - a stylised Google logo - in honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Hornby

Head to today and you’ll see a Google Doodle made up of toy trains to honour what would have been the 150th birthday of Frank Hornby, the inventor of Hornby Model Railways, Meccano and Dinky Toys.

Despite having no formal training in the subject, Hornby created and produced three of the most popular engineering-based toys of the 20th century.

Seen as a toy visionary, Hornby first patented his Meccano construction set of re-usable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles, gears, nuts and bolts in 1901, though at that time he called it Mechanics Made Easy.

He established Meccano Ltd in 1908, which went on to produce the die-cast miniature model cars and trucks that made up Dinky Toys in the Thirties. The company also produced the Hornby Railways model train sets.

Hornby’s birthday will be celebrated through a four-day festival in Liverpool, where he was born. The Hornby festival will include a play, a lecture at the Museum of Liverpool, and an exhibition dedicated to the toymaker, while elsewhere in England Frank Hornby Week was launched on Monday at Brighton Toy and Model Museum.

Yes, I was one of those kids who grew up building things with Meccano, only then I never knew the inventor lived within walking distance from my home!


More on the subject can be found here