Bayko History - From Idea to Product
A long spell in hospital today is very rare, however back in the 1920's it was quite a common occurrence, Charles Plimpton was caught up it this when he contracted tuberculosis ending up for several years in a sanatorium.
Bakelite an early plastic had already been around for 15 years. Charles had seen toy house construction sets that where around at the time as well as Meccano which as made in Charles home city Liverpool. During the time in the sanatorium Charles worked on the idea, but the time of his release in 1933 he had a plan of action
in 1933 he patented the idea and in 1934 Charles established the Plimpton Engineering Company to manufacture the idea. The new product had a bakelite base which was perforated with a grid of holes, into which metal rods which at the time was called wires fit into. Between 2 wires bricks, doors windows etc could be fit to build a variety of building.
Charles named the invention "Bayko Light Construction Sets" the Bayko coming from the name "Bakelite" The first sets went on sale in time for Christmas 1934. The Bakelite material came from Bakelite Limited, for the first few years of its life, Bayko was marketed by both Plimpton Engineering and Bakelite Limited. Charles Plimpton found premises at, 15 Gibraltar Row, Liverpool 3, a location in Liverpool's industrial area just a few street away from the Docks.