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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Monday, July 2, 2012

R is for Red Route

When I saw this I had to have it, not because it's a perticularly nice toy, nor is it in good condition and it's not military, but it does seem to be the origin of the logo used by the Hong Kong producer known as ABC.

ABC was - it seems - a US trucking company who sought protection of the 'Route of the Red Diamond' tag-line in 1977, but who are long gone now, although - due to 'phone-book placing, there are currently several ABC trucking concerns about the place!

The logo is clearly the same as the HK 'ABC' toy concern (seen; Here), although this was made in Japan, and is a 'transitional' piece from tin-plate (motor and tilt) to plastic (body and wheels), going very well with the Wells Brimtoy trucks of the same era.

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