6593Re: [mythsoc] a question on Father Christmas Letters
- Nov 7, 2002Vincent wrote:
>A new edition of Tolkien's Father Christmas Letters is to be published inFrench ; but there is one thing I do not understand :
>I think it is a reference to a brand : in December 1932, Tolkien mentionstwice "the Hornby things" among the toys that Father Christmas keeps in his
cellars... does it ring a bell to you ? is it a famous brand before the
war, which would still be famous in England ? I thought Mythsoc might be of
great help in this matter !
My English wife saw this and immediately said "toy trains", which is
correct: Hornby are still the leading brand of model trains in the U.K.
They have a website, www.hornby.co.uk, which however doesn't want to let me
in this morning.
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