Benbros (London) Ltd was a British
toy company in existence from 1951 to 1965.
The company was founded in the 1940s
by two brothers, Jack and Nathan Benenson of Golders Green,
North London. They
first called themselves 'Benson Bros', the name a contraction of "Beneson
but later in 1951 became 'Benbros' using the trade- mark
'Qualitoy' and were based at 145 Gosport Road,
Walthamstow, London. It is also
believed that they had a condom factory in North London at the same time !
In the 1940's and early 1950's they
produced moulded toy figures under the Benson name. In 1954 they first produced
diecast metal models including cars, farm machinery, motorcycles and military
vehicles under the name "T.V. Series".
Packed in a box resembling a
1950’s television set with an artist's impression of the contained toy on the
were in competition with the Lesney Matchbox Series of small toy vehicles produced the preceding year, 1953.
On the 18th June 1951 they became a
limited company known as Benbros (London) ltd. The diecast toys were
two other factories in Walthamstow, Sutherland Road and Oatland Rise, but
Gosport Road was the head
office where outworkers would bring assembled and
The T.V. Series boxes were numbered
within the artwork, apart from no's 1, 2 & 3. The toys were not cast with
model numbers. Occasionally a label would be placed over the
art work on the box depicting that of another toy, I guess it was
produce the labels as opposed to boxes; examples of this can be seen in the
This hardback book is a collectors guide on the 51 Benbros T.V. Series and Mighty Midget toys made between 1954 and 1965,
It will be limited to 250 copies each one numbered and signed.
It was released on the 31st October 2013 at the price of £29.99, plus £3.70 postage (U.K. only)
You can order a copy direct from me.
To order a copy you can email me or phone me using the below details, payment can be made by Paypal or by cheque.
As there are only 250 and each one is numbered you can order a particular number from number 11 to 250 (providing it has not already been sold).