Fotografía Tarde de sábado. Recordando el Mecanno. Photo Saturday afternoon.remembering the Mecanno

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Meccano was first invented in 1898 by Frank Hornby. The father of 2 young boys, he created for them a system of parts, nuts and bolts, allowing them to build cranes like the ones that fascinated them so much loading and unloading ships at the Port of Liverpool.

Frank Hornby developed his system and marketed it under the brand name "Mechanics Made Easy" ("The Mechanics Made ​​Easy") in 1901. The name MECCANO was patented in 1907.
The first MECCANO factory opened on Duke Street in Liverpool that same year, and was quickly replaced to meet rising production demands by a larger one on West Derby Road.

Faced with the global success of MECCANO, two new factories opened in Berlin in 1912 and Belleville (France) in 1920. The Belleville plant was quickly replaced by one in Bobigny, which, in 1951, could produce more than 500,000 boxes of Meccano a day!