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PostSubject: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:20 pm

This is another of my favourite sets of old farm buildings. I have no idea who, where or when 'ARCO' was, only that all except one of the items in the photos have paper labels underneath, 'ARCO Models' or 'ARCO Toys' + 'British manufacture'
My main item is a wonderful farmyard on a folding base for compact storage, with all buildings permanently attached, although the trees are removable for folded storage.
I also have some of the buildings made as separate items (I'm guessing they all were made/sold separately), a folding field, and a small garden/paddock (this item not labelled).

First, a few photos of the big farm:

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:24 pm

Interesting stuff again!!

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:31 pm

Now for the hen house, stable and pig sty as separate items.
I know the barn also exists separately, but it was too expensive for me to buy when it appeared on eBay.

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:39 pm

Now for the last two items, a folding field, unfortunately with pond edge missing, and a smaller enclosure/paddock/garden.

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:43 pm

Some great and wonderful oldies there! Applause Applause Applause 
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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:53 pm

Absolutely fabulous  cheers  I can't stop scrolling up and down to try to take in all the detail and the wonderful old fashioned Bristish out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere charm  Applause Applause 

I am so happy to see your farms. I have a few Danish "Bondegård" farms, but thought about giving them to a red cross shop...now I am not sure if I should not keep them, because I really love them  scratch 

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:01 pm

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Absolutely fabulous  cheers  I can't stop scrolling up and down to try to take in all the detail and the wonderful old fashioned Bristish out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere charm  Applause Applause 

I am so happy to see your farms. I have a few Danish "Bondegård" farms, but thought about giving them to a red cross shop...now I am not sure if I should not keep them, because I really love them  scratch 

Keep them.
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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:41 pm

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Absolutely fabulous  cheers  I can't stop scrolling up and down to try to take in all the detail and the wonderful old fashioned Bristish out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere charm  Applause Applause 

I am so happy to see your farms. I have a few Danish "Bondegård" farms, but thought about giving them to a red cross shop...now I am not sure if I should not keep them, because I really love them  scratch 

Keep them.

 Laughing Laughing I think I will, then ...there is still room for my bed and my chair in the house  tongue Laughing 

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:56 pm

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Absolutely fabulous  cheers  I can't stop scrolling up and down to try to take in all the detail and the wonderful old fashioned Bristish out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere charm  Applause Applause 

I am so happy to see your farms. I have a few Danish "Bondegård" farms, but thought about giving them to a red cross shop...now I am not sure if I should not keep them, because I really love them  scratch 

Keep them.

 Laughing Laughing I think I will, then ...there is still room for my bed and my chair in the house  tongue Laughing 

Room for a bed and a chair? Luxury! When I was a lad....

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:57 pm

Wow, these toys are brilliant! I've never seen farmyard model folded like this one before. Quite incredible piece! Congratulations Dave! cheers

And this video, it's wonderful!!!!  lol! 

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Tue May 06, 2014 1:33 pm

It seems ARCO made zoo buildings as well.
These two just arrived today (photos by the seller)

Half round monkey/ape cage, front view:

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Rear view, showing hinged flap door for play access:

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ARCO house & enclosure, which I'm guessing was intended for an antelope, deer, llama or zebra:


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So, now I know ARCO did a zoo range I begin to speculate what else was in it. If it was similar to their farmyards & buildings range, then there were probably at least another four items, made & sold as individual items and in various combinations on various sized base boards as complete zoos.

What might the other four(?) zoo buildings be? Possibilities include:
Large pool enclosure for polar bears or seals/sea lions/walruses
Small pool enclosure for flamingos/pelicans/penguins/storks
Large building/enclosure for elephants, hippos or rhinos etc.
Large cage building or rock pit type enclosure for lions, tigers or brown bears etc.

As the ARCO people probably had London Zoo in mind, there may have been a mountain type enclosure, to represent the famous 'Mappin Terraces'
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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Tue May 06, 2014 5:14 pm

Nice again!

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Tue May 06, 2014 5:31 pm

Yes! Great stuff Surprised cheers 

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PostSubject: Re: ARCO vintage UK farmyard & farm buildings   Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:13 pm

Shame the images have disappeared.

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