Meccano exports to Switzerland around 1927-30

The sets exported to Switzerland were essentially the same as sold in the UK, apart from having the manuals and box labels translated into either German or French  language versions - not a small task by any means! Below you will find some examples of Meccano sets sold in the Swiss region covering the period around 1927-1933. (Burgundy red & dark green)

Switzerland is divided into three main cultural areas, German, French & Italian. Despite it's small size, Switzerland was considered an important enough market to print a Swiss version of the instruction booklet with set pricing given in Swiss Francs!  - see the German version of the 0-3 set booklet.  For the Suisse Romande (the French speaking area of Switzerland), you might presume that Meccano France would have distributed the outfits, but in fact they were all exported from Liverpool. Did Meccano Paris help with the preparation of the literature? Switzerland also has an Italian speaking area, the Ticino, but I don't know if any special Swiss Italian sets were ever prepared for that area. Send me an email if you have any details.

The examples follow in set number order - click on the images to enlarge

 These two Swiss German examples were originally purchased from "Emil Freudwiler" Zurich - see box sticker.

1926 Swiss German set no.1

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Set 1 contents

"New Meccano" model leaflet**

 Set 1 leaflet rear cover

** This was one of the first leaflets for the new red/green colour scheme introduced in 1926. As pointed out by Bert Love & Jim Gamble in the HCS Meccano System 6 book, note that in the hurry to assemble the windmill model for the photograph, the sails have been mounted in reverse showing the bolt studs, nuts and girder flanges to the front!!.

approx 1930 Swiss German set no.2

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Box lid

Set 2 contents

Set 2 manual (German version)

SFr pricing rear of manual

 

The following are accessory set examples sold in the Suisse Romande area of Switzerland (Genève - Geneva). The retail toy shop in question "Franz Carl Weber" still exists today! The box lids had been lost (dommage!) prior to my discovering the sets, but fortunately most of the contents are original.

circa 1928 Swiss French accessory set no.2a

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1928 Set 2a contents

F.C.Weber sticker on box bottom

7/32" bolts were domed headed at this time.

Note that parts 162-164 were issued in battleship grey at first

Click here to see a No.2a/3 manual example showing use of the new boiler part

 The accessory set contents were continually changing. For instance the 3a set from 1928-30 should include a Digger Bucket, but not for 1927 & 1931. Four 3/4" flanged wheels were included in the 1928/29 version instead of part 20, a 1½" flanged wheel, etc.

circa 1928 Swiss French accessory set no.3a

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1927-8 Set 3a contents

"Jouets Weber" sticker on box bottom

Part no. 159 - Circular saw. Razor sharp & made by T.G.Wolstenholme. They are still in business today!

Meccano part stamping at this time was simply the word "Meccano". See also p/no 63

 

 

The 4a accessory set contents changed considerably  from 1928-1930, particularly concerning the 1½" flanged pulley. Shown below is an example layout close to the 1930s contents, although the box might well have been from a previous year. A second earlier layout with 8x part no. 20 will follow (when time allows).

1930 Swiss French accessory set no.4a

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Parts List

 

1930 Set 4a contents

The original 2x Part 47a are embedded in a loco model, so weren't available for the picture!

"Jouets Weber" sticker on box bottom

 2a-4a Parts list

 

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