Glam Toy Products GTP-561 Royal Mail Van

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This model is the Glam Toy Products GTP-561 Royal Mail Van in Royal Mail livery of Red.

The model has a one-piece, pressed metal body, 105mm in length. It has been shaped with rudimentary representations of the body lines and wheel arches. There is no glazing - all the features are litho-printed onto the body. At the front are representations of the windows with driver, passenger and windscreen wipers plus the grille and headlights. To the sides the male driver and passenger can be seen in the door windows and wing mirrors have been printed at the front. the rear van sides have "Royal Mail, E II R" and the crest in yellow. The roof is predominantly red with "Royal Mail, E II R" and the crest again printed in yellow and three black roof vents towards the rear. The rear of the van is also red and bears the legend "Made in England" in black lettering on the red rear doors with a black numberplate below this with white lettering reading "G.T.P. 561". Above this, on the doors, are two windows in white and a large "security bar".

The original two part, pressed tin wheels are still on the model, mounted on steel axles with crimped ends.

The baseplate is a single piece, pressed tin unit shaped with a strengthening panel down the centre line. It has been press fitted to the body and the edges rolled to hold it over the edges of the body. It appears not to have been plated or painted silver. There are no manufacturer's marks or country of origin details on the base.

I do not know exactly when this item was issued but believe it to be between 1950 and 1959.

Item: 3051