The Toy Jaguar Book by Michael Driver.
The Toy Jaguar Book explores the history of real Jaguar cars through the many toys and models produced by manufacturers throughout the world. It captures the essence of Jaguar sports cars and saloons in all their shapes and sizes. Included are variations of the E-Type, the XK120, the XJ6 and many, many more models of the Jaguars made over the last eighty years. Many models are covered from tiny plastic Jaguars to large scale accurate models of Jaguars. There are die-cast, tin plate, plastic, white metal and resin models of Jaguars and even ones made in chocolate.
The book contains over 2000 photographs in full colour showing the many variations of these miniature Jaguars and includes archive pictures from Jaguar’s history. There are also lists and details at the back of the book to help identify Jaguar toys and models.
Publisher: Lindholm Forres Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback 324 pages
Price £55.00 (Plus post and packing)
For further details please contact – Michael Driver
Collecting History – where did all those toys come from?
by Michael Driver & Mike Richardson
Collecting History brings together the stories, recollections and anecdotes of Michael Driver and Mike Richardson, two lifelong collectors of toys and models. It traces their collecting from early childhood through to their becoming adult collectors and enthusiasts of toys and models. The book is illustrated with period photographs and pictures of a variety of toys and models.
It covers the early post-war days of the 1940s and the first toys to excite their imaginations, the fun of visiting toy shops and buying Dinky Toys and other models. Their childhood games with toys and friends and their growing collections and interest in anything on four wheels.
It recalls life as teenage collectors before the toys were put away and they left home to go to university, in Mike’s case, and to art college for Michael.
They talk about the first collectors’ clubs, the origins of swapmeets and the changes that have taken place in toy collecting over many years. Both retell stories about their own collecting and what they found in all their searching for that elusive model for their collections.
It is a world away from the toys of today, but hopefully will fascinate young and old, and inspire a new breed of young collectors.
It is a fascinating trip down memory lane and will for many of us rekindle memories of childhood.