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Surprise Saturday - Lesney Matchbox Accessory Pack Road Signs - Part II

Saturday is here again, and time again for something unusual . Some may remember I posted a set of Lesney Matchbox road signs several months ago. I knew I had another set, and I came across them while moving some other cars around. These are slightly different from the prior set, but just as attractive:

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Here’s my earlier review:

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As with the prior set, this set, A4a, entered the range in 1960. They were only ever offered in a “B” type box, and did not have a long production run, remaining until around early 1962 at the latest. The Accessory Pack line included items like the garage and Home Stores buildings I have posted before. This set has one key difference from the prior set - the signposts have white stripes. I assume this was a period ideal, to make the signs more visible at night. Although the striping on these appears very well done, it was likely done by the original owner, and not at the factory. I have not been able to find data showing striped signs were ever made by Lesney. Still, these look cool, and the striping gives them added realism.

Here is how the signs match with a couple random Matchbox series cars of the same era:

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The base of the signs is the same as the earlier set, with general identifying information:

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These are nestled in a paper bag in the original box - I suspect this paper bag is an original factory item:

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Like the first set, this set also lives in its original box:

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A variety of period sign designs from sankeyscenics.co.uk - I believe these are for model railroads:

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And a 1:1 sign from wikipedia:

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That is all.

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