My mother (b 1910), an intensely practical woman, still regrets never owning a Meccano set, such as her boy cousins were given for Christmas, and was determined that her daughters would not be similarly deprived. I proved to be more of a paintbox type, but my nine-year-old sister took to the Number 3 set, and made some wonderful things, including a working loom. Multi-coloured woollen bookmarks were its sole product, but we were pleased with our little factory. Yet the rebuilt Meccano ("It's about bikes, racing cars and all terrain vehicles") would seem to be signalling as powerfully as before to girls, "Not your thing". I hope I'm wrong.
Nora Crook CambridgeReuse content