Irrefutable evidence has emerged that the original “Dinky Toy” dates back to the time of the Earth’s creation.
First, a bit of recent history. In 1933 the British toy firm Meccano Ltd issued a series of railway and trackside accessories to complement its O scale Hornby model train sets. These die-cast tiny vehicles were first called “Hornby Modelled Miniatures”, but in the April 1934 issue of Meccano Magazine they were given the name “Meccano Dinky Toys”. They were the inspiration of English inventor, businessman and later politician Frank Hornby (1863-1936), but until now no one knew where he got the idea.
Hornby was a visionary toy developer and manufacturer, although he had no formal engineering training. He was responsible for the invention and production of three of the 20th century’s most popular lines of toys: Meccano, Hornby Model Railways, and Dinky Toys. He founded the British toy company Meccano Ltd in 1908 and launched the monthly Meccano Magazine in 1916 at the height of the First World War.
By the 1930s, Hornby had become a millionaire. He owned a mansion, Quarry Brook in Maghull, north of the city of Liverpool. Maghull stood on a high ridge of antediluvian ground. Records show that an early settlement, consisting of fifty people and six square miles of agricultural land, was established prior to the Domesday Survey of 1086 in which the town’s name is recorded as Magele.
According to recently discovered family papers, it was at Maghull, after a severe storm and flooding of biblical proportions, that Hornby stumbled upon the fossilized remains of a toy truck embedded in a layer subsequently radiocarbon dated to ± 4,800 BCE. As creationists affirm, the biblical Book of Genesis proves that this was when human beings first walked the Earth. So sure was Hornby of his discovery that he even created a prototype Noah’s Ark for Meccano. Unfortunately, it never went into production.
Creationist experts have speculated that the toy truck can only have reached northern Britain on the Ark itself, and that it may have belonged to one of Noah’s Sons. This raises the intriguing possibility that Mt Ararat, long thought to have been in Armenia, actually stood on Merseyside. It is here that Liverpool City Council has now been invited to set up a theme park where visitors can build scale-model replica arks, drive miniature dumper trucks, and follow in the footsteps of Noah as he first walked on dry land.
As the creationist web site Answers in Genesis laments, “Hindering the search [for Noah’s Ark] are false and even fraudulent accounts that embarrass serious searchers. Many have rushed to make claims with supposed evidence that cannot stand up to scrutiny. Yet, public fascination continues. Many people think the resting place and remnants of the Ark have already been found. But where is the physical evidence? We have a lot of smoke, but no fire.”
It seems they were all looking in the wrong place and that Frank Hornby had it right all along.