I retired in April 2013 after 25 years as a librarian at the British Library specialising in inventions. This included running numerous workshops; writing books on inventions and a work blog; carrying out searches for clients; and one-to-one meetings with inventors. [more]


15 May 2013

Frank Hornby's inventions

I see that today marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Hornby's birthday. He was the originator of Meccano and also Hornby trains. Google has honoured him by using imagery from his products on today's page.

12 British patents by Frank Hornby are listed on the free Espacenet database. The earliest of these is that for Meccano itself, Improvements in toy or educational devices for children or young people, with its drawings page shown below.

A curious one which involves running trains on circuits is An improved toy or game.

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