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Minibrix construction toy

Toy, construction set, Minibrix, No.4 set, scale 1:48, trade name Premo Rubber Co Ltd, rubber, used by Lindsay Barton Brown, 1936-1940, made by I.T.S. Rubber Ltd, Petersfield, Hampshire, England, c.1936 Minibrix are interlocking rectangular rubber bricks similar to Lego. The bricks have studs on the underside and holes on top. Most of the bricks are red and some are white, while the roofs comprise whole sheets of green rubber which are hinged in the middle. Windows and doors, which come in house and church styles, are printed onto thin sheets of celluloid and fit with 'pips' into the bricks. Bricks and beams with holes on both sides provide the foundation layer and form lintels. Building ornament is provided with white 'balustrade' pieces. The scale of the Minibrix buildings is ½ an inch to 1 foot (1:48), which fits in well with the 0-gauge model railway layouts popular at the time for which these buildings may have formed a landscape. The Minibrix comes in its original cardboard box with lid, which is labelled and illustrated in colour with the wording 'Minibrix the complete building system in miniature with all-rubber bricks'. The box contains approximately 150 bricks including various sizes and lintels, 5 green roofs and an old cigarette tin of the 1950s which contains 20 universal pins; and 1 church door, 2 house doors, 2 small windows and 1 large window in celluloid. The box also contains a full colour 48-page (pre-War) manual (190mm x 230 mm) depicts the same coloured cover as the box lid. It would seem a number of bricks and universal pins have been lost over the years. It is thought that this set was originally a No.4 set. At the time of manufacture, this set would have comprised 433 pieces which, according to the manual, would have comprised 200 whole bricks, 78 half bricks, 48 angle bricks, 14 x 1 inch lintels, 24 x 2 inch lintels, 13 x 3 inch lintels, 4 balustrades, 36 universal pins, 2 house doors, 2 church doors, 4 small windows, 4 large windows, 1 x roof No.1, 1 x roof No.2, 1 x roof No.3 and a Minibrix book.

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