House Building Construction Toys
Today House Building Construction Toys are dominated by one name 'Lego.' However there have been others, such as Clicki, Betta Bilda, to mention 2, however go back to the 1950's and one name dominated 'Bayko.' it is this that is the subject of this website.
Bayko was invented by Charles Bird Plimpton at a time in his life he had plenty of spare time spending ten years in a sanatorium. More about his life can be found in the history section. Bayko was made of an early plastic called 'Bakelite,' from which it took its name among with a number of metal parts. Bayko models where constructed on Bases which had small holes to take metal rods. Between 2 rods, bricks, window, doors and other parts where slotted in, the building was usually completed by a roof,
In this site we will explore the Bayko Sets, the way most people bought their initial purchase of Bayko, the parts that was in the sets and the models that could be made for these parts, which have been included in the manuals over the years Bayko was made.
Bayko history can easily be divided into 3 periods. The Pre world war 2 period from the appearance of the first Bayko sets in 1933 to the start of the war in 1939. The post war plimpton period from 1945 to 1959 often referred to as the peak period. Early in this period Charles Plimpton died, leaving the business to his wife Margaret Audrey Plimpton. The final period is the Meccano period from 1960 to Bayko's end in about 1964. Towards the end of the 1950's Margaret Audrey Plimpton decided to sell the business to Meccano ltd thus ending the Plimptons family's association with Bayko. Throughout this site we will use these 3 periods.