Books by Geoffrey Ambridge

The Bumper Book of Lone Star Diecast Models and Toys 1948-88

Quality softback, 196 pages, well illustrated
Size: 248mm (H) x 185mm (W) 
£18 plus UK P&P £5
ISBN 978-0-9539058-0-5
Total weight: 590g

Toys that Time Forgot

Quality softback, 160 pages, mostly COLOUR photos
Size: 210mm (H) x 147mm (W)
£15 plus UK P&P £5   
ISBN 978-0-9539058-1-2
Total weight: 350g

Special offer - buy both books for £30 plus P&P.

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“Toys that time forgot”

This book details the early post-World War Two metal casting output of Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. (a.k.a. D.C.M.T.) formerly of ‘The River Works’, 152 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, north London and, from 1956, also at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. From 1945, D.C.M.T. produced steel moulds for various toys on behalf of ‘The Crescent Toy Co. Ltd.’, then of Tottenham, north London.  Also zinc-alloy castings from four moulds which had evidently come into D.C.M.T.’s possession, either from ‘Tootsietoy’ (U.S.A.) direct or had been built by D.C.M.T. from Tootsietoy’s own drawings of at least two cars and two lorries, insofar as we can establish.
In 1949, the collaborative partnership which D.C.M.T. had with ‘The Crescent Toy Co. Ltd.’ ceased, probably due to the fact that ‘Crescent’ moved from Tottenham to their new factory at Cwmcarn in south Wales. Why they didn’t take their moulds with them remains a mystery, however, D.C.M.T. retained the dies and began to produce castings from them but, before doing so, any mention of “Crescent” previously engraved on the interior surfaces of the castings was promptly erased.  As time went by, D.C.M.T. marketed toys, tools, etc, made from their own designs (and those formerly belonging to ‘Crescent Toy’) under a nondescript brand-name “Slikka” Toys or Tools. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Directors wisely decided to change the brand-name yet again, this time to the more appropriate - “Lone Star” - reminiscent of Texas and of the ‘Wild West’ generally, as D.C.M.T.’s predominantly Western-themed products became more and more popular. 


(For General Discussion on Lone Star)

(Discussing Lone Star's model Trains)


For those interested in the history of Lone Star Products Ltd. and Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd.
(D.C.M.T.), an 'album' of photos has been assembled, dating back to the late 1940s until
the company's (Hatfield factory) final closure in June 1988.  Please click on the following link:


The 78 photos run to four web-pages, are presented as four columns across the screen width.
The images can be 'scrolled down' in the normal way or can be viewed as a 'slide show'.
Click the mouse on any photo image to enlarge it.


http://essexmodelsandminiatures.co.uk/blog/?cat=104  (Owner & Operator: Peter Wake, UK)

http://www.nicholscapguns.com/lonestar.htm  (Owner & Operator: Mike Nichols, Texas, U.S.A.)
http://www.irwinsjournal.com/a1g/a1glocos/TrebleO.html  (Owner & Operator: Doug Gosha, USA)

Keep up-to-date with Lone Star's current news, views, Models Wanted/For Sale on the ever-popular E-Group Forum (only Lone Star subject matter please).  NO CHARGE.

The Whitewebbs Museum

WHITEWEBBS MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT, Whitewebbs Road, Crews Hill, ENFIELD, Middlesex, EN2 9HW, (U.K.). Telephone: 020 8367 1898  Fax: 020 8363 1904
Website: http://www.whitewebbsmuseum.co.uk

 Whitewebbs Museum

A group of Lone Star toy and model collectors meet annually for an exhibition of the company's die-cast products at Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Whitewebbs Road, Crews Hill, ENFIELD, Middlesex, EN2 9HW (U.K.).  This annual event usually takes place on the last Sunday in September.  Check with the museum's website for the most up-to-date information. The museum's facilities include a gift and souvenir shop - light refreshments and a licensed bar on the first floor - ample free car parking.

Since 1988, when the Lone Star Toy company (latterly under German ownership) closed, it is still remembered with great affection by former staff.  The company's history has, for a number of years, been perpetuated by our annual exhibitions which continue to attract private collectors from all over the world and today's generation of youngsters.  For full details of the annual 'Lone Star' "one-day-only" special event, please visit the web-page as follows:  www.lone-star-diecast-bk.com/Whitewebbs.html

To see pictures of past Lone Star Special Events, click below:
'Lone Star' Collectors' exhibitions of past years

Mill Green Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5PD is the repository for
many "Lone Star" exhibits, artifacts and some of the Company's original documents.
These include technical drawings, several books of 'Minutes' of Director's Meetings from 1944,
 and a reasonable number of "Lone Star" trade catalogues
(the earliest being for 1957). Photocopies of these can be inspected at the museum
throughout the year subject to prior arrangement with the curator, Jenny Oxley,
or members of the museum staff.

Tel: +44 (0)1707 357850

Email : museum@welhat.gov.uk

Website : http://www.welhat.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=722

Opening times : Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 2.00 - 5.00 pm.