Welcome to -
'ABOUT' the "The BAYKO Man" Website

Hi, I'm Pete Bradley, A.K.A. "The BAYKO Man" and I'd like to welcome you to the 'ABOUT' page of the baykoman.com website [the world's biggest and brightest BAYKO website]. I hope you find this page and the entire 460+ page site useful, interesting and enjoyable.
WHAT?
This site is dedicated to anything and everything related to BAYKO Building Sets. They were originally known as BAYKO Light Constructional Sets, which was basically a harmless pun on the name BAKELITE, the material from which early BAYKO parts were made.
My Cathedral model, on display at Merstham
BAYKO was the world's first, and finest, plastic construction toy. FACT!!!
Copy of a BAYKO 'with compliments' slip from the second half of the 1950s
BAYKO was produced in Liverpool throughout its life, bang in the middle third of the 20th century - i.e. between 1933 and 1967 - though its active marketing programme was slightly more restricted - i.e. between 1934 and 1964.
The website aims to be light hearted and fun, without sacrificing either accuracy or thoroughness - there are even some unashamedly nerdy bits for you to enjoy!!!
The site is built in several sections that are reflected in the yellow links panel. [left]
I have adopted the 'Flaming Baykoman' animation [below] as the site logo [the flames were done for me] - I can't think what inspired its title!
WHO?
Warning!!! - Please be careful, and try not to get too over excited by the glories of these two stunning photos of your genial website host!!!
Picture of me as a child - including early evidence of my addiction to ice cream!
My name is Pete Bradley.
Picture of me in<br>my BAYKO jumper.
Born 1950, Blackburn, Lancashire, U.K.
Now live in Congleton, Cheshire, U.K. - I've obviously got posh!
Played with computers since 1967 - I might even get it right some day!
Divorced - but open to offers!
Addicted to BAYKO since 1956 - there's no known cure!
Support Blackburn Rovers and Lancashire County Cricket Club - frustratingly!
Lover of Rugby League, Bridge, theatre, ice cream [left] and curry.
Visitor of sports grounds - all 92 Football League, all top three Rugby League divisions, all Rugby Union Premiership, and all County Cricket Grounds. Would you believe it, I'm even a world record holder‽
Proud member of the BAYKO Collectors Club - why don't you join‽
Available for talks / presentations to Rotary, W.I., U3A, Probus and any other similar organisations and clubs.
Freeola Logo, my ISP and web host
WHERE?
Freeola Logo, my ISP and web host
My I.S.P. [Internet Service Provider] and [free!!!] Web Host is FREEOLA, who have provided me with a reasonably priced, friendly and reliable service from the very beginning, and with whom I continue to be extremely satisfied.
WHEN?
The website was launched in 1999, if I remember correctly, and it certainly won't stop growing or being improved and updated until I do!!!
HOW?
Mainly through the use of DREAMWEAVER, PHOTOSHOP and FIREWORKS software. There are also a few other clever bits thrown in [bought or copied!] including the occasional bit of Javascript, a programming language which I, personally, do not speak!
One extra enables you to click on most images, launching a larger image [separate window]. It closes after 2 mins., if you don't do it sooner.
I'm a naughty e-boy - I've used both Frames and html Tables throughout, both of which the e-snobs denigrate(!) - but they're easier and work!
CARROT?
All information provided, or identified, by someone other than me, will always be given full attribution, alongside that information, on the site.
CONTACT?
Please use email via pete@baykoman.com. There are email links to me on every single page of the site + the yellow control panel. [left, upper]
 
 
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