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PostSubject: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:03 pm

Jack Binns and Bill Baker first met when apprentices in the 1930s, but WW2 disrupted their lives (they served in the Black Watch Highlanders and Yorkshire Light Infantry respectively), until they met again in 1946, and agreed to set up a wooden toy company, Binns, Baker & Co in Bradford, using the brand name 'Binbak'. Jack supervised the basic construction, Bill supervised the finishing, painting and packing, and they shared design and business management. Their main product ranges were dolls houses, garages (for Dinky/Corgi cars), castles, western forts, and farmyards, with quite a lot different models of each being made over the years, plus a few large luxury special items for the Royal family and other VIP clients. Minor lines included at least two each of riding schools and zoos.  
In 1972 Bill decided to leave the business, so Jack and his wife continued to run it on a smaller scale from a barn near their home in Batley. Sadly, Jack died suddenly in 1987, but his wife Norrie continued for a few years, until 1991, with her loyal staff, when other family matters forced her to finally close it down.

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(Last 2 photos repeated from zoo & wild west threads, but here as well because they're Binbak.)
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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:48 pm

Interesting again  sunny sunny sunny 

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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:55 pm

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Jack Binns and Bill Baker first met when apprentices in the 1930s, but WW2 disrupted their lives (they served in the Black Watch Highlanders and Yorkshire Light Infantry respectively), until they met again in 1946, and agreed to set up a wooden toy company, Binns, Baker & Co in Bradford, using the brand name 'Binbak'. Jack supervised the basic construction, Bill supervised the finishing, painting and packing, and they shared design and business management. Their main product ranges were dolls houses, garages (for Dinky/Corgi cars), castles, western forts, and farmyards, with quite a lot different models of each being made over the years, plus a few large luxury special items for the Royal family and other VIP clients. Minor lines included at least two each of riding schools and zoos.  
In 1972 Bill decided to leave the business, so Jack and his wife continued to run it on a smaller scale from a barn near their home in Batley. Sadly, Jack died suddenly in 1987, but his wife Norrie continued for a few years, until 1991, with her loyal staff, when other family matters forced her to finally close it down.

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(Last 2 photos repeated from zoo & wild west threads, but here as well because they're Binbak.)

Dave - the fort I remember well. It was one of my Christmas presents in the late 1960’s. It went very well with my Timpo 7th Cavalry and Herald Indians.

Thanks for bringing back happy memories. I never knew anything about the manufacturer.


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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:01 pm

Happy to revive memories of  santa santa santa past.

In case you hadn't guessed already, the fir trees were bought in by Binbak from a Christmas cake decorations company.
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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:38 pm

Thay are absolutely wonderful cheers 

Imagine being a child getting one of those farms for christmas, ohhh, heaven !!!!  Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:18 am

Again a very interesting and well described history. I enjoy a lot reading them and they won't not only serve for those who are visiting the forum these days as it will keep and surely be interesting to future collectors. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:44 pm

Some great and wonderful old models there!I used to dream of getting a farm or zoo like one of these as a child! Smile 
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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:25 pm

New addition to my Binbak collection, another, smaller, riding school

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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:04 pm

Nice stuff again!!

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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:19 pm

Nice trip down memory lane! Definately recognise the Zoo front with cages and the new riding school addition. Better finished than some of the contemporary companies, and better materials, the forts are plank no? I have some stuff of the lesser companies making things out of flat/block painted hardboard...when I get it out of storage ( Rolling Eyes ) I'll get copies to you.

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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:41 pm

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Nice trip down memory lane! Definately recognise the Zoo front with cages and the new riding school addition. Better finished than some of the contemporary companies, and better materials, the forts are plank no? I have some stuff of the lesser companies making things out of flat/block painted hardboard...when I get it out of storage ( Rolling Eyes ) I'll get copies to you.

Mostly plywood, and yes, very strong construction.
I hope you soon manage to get your collection out of storage.
Remember, I still have that rare Lone Star D-Day set if you have good buildings and/or other stuff for a swap.
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PostSubject: Re: BINBAK vintage UK made buildings   Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:37 pm

Wonderful riding school, a very harmonic set! Congratulations Dave and thnaks for showing! Very Happy

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