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William Bailey (Birmingham)

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1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.
1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.

of Victoria Works, 38-39 Weaman Street, Birmingham. Telephone: Central 6954. Cables: "Wenebrik Birmingham".

  • 1929 Adverts for 'Wenebrik and Kliptiko' The World's Finest Constructional Toys for Girls and Boys. "Alphabits" that teach the young the formation of letters in script. (Toys, Games and Baby Carriages Section - Stand No. C.45) [1]
  • 1932 William Bailey (Birmingham) joined forces with J. K. Farnell and Co, a soft toy manufacturing firm. One sales team was used to market both firms' goods.
  • Note:
    • Kliptiko appeared c.1913. Structures were made from a number of straight and curved 3/8" Tubes. They were rolled from thin steel and would push into one another. Clip Tubes, similar but with springy forked ends, were used as cross members, and could also be pushed over the end of the Tubes. A 3¾" Wheel and a 2" Pulley would run on the Tubes. This simple system was intended for, and enjoyed by, young children; it lasted, unchanged until WW2.
    • Wenebrik appeared c.1915. This was an architectural system. Models were made up from brightly decorated, formed, tinplate Bricks, Slates, Windows, Doors, etc, which pushed together to make attractive buildings. It lasted into the 1930s but wasn’t as successful as Kliptiko, perhaps because the parts were difficult to use if they became bent out of shape.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1929 British Industries Fair Adverts 208 and 20, and p12
  • [1] Blue Ribbon Bears
  • [2] Some C