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Forty years of toy vehicles from north London

by Robert Newson

Charbens 1955 catalogue cover (courtesy of Norman Joplin and Philip Dean)
Cover illustration for the 1955 to 1958 Charbens catalogues.

This series of articles originally appeared in Diecast Collector magazine from November 2006 to February 2007 (covering the post-war models) and in July and August 2007 (pre-war models). 
This online version has updates (shown in blue).  If you would like to contribute additional information and/or photographs of items or variations which are not shown, please e-mail me.

Please follow the links below.
Not covered are the Charbens 'Old Crocks' or 'Old Timers' miniature series, but you can find details here:  http://www.vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk/3index/charben.htm

Farming in Miniature

Farming in Miniature is a fantastic new book about British-made toy tractors, implements and horse-drawn farm vehicles.

It covers the Charbens farm vehicles in much greater detail than on this website.

Click here for more details about the book.

Please also see my main website:


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