Originally Posted by John Tremelling
Thanks Rick, that site is one of my sources.
Billie Boy, I did not know that Tremo pioneered plastic. I am particularly interested in the lead models of 1937-40 which was then on Treforest Industrial Estate. One of the founders Freiedrich Winkler, a German Jew escaping from the Nazis, was interned in 1940 and the company then went into liquidation. I have come across suggestions that other employees emigrated to the US and made USN Identification Models. Winkler apparently emigrated to South Africa after the war, although the moulds quite obviously survived as some models were again alledgedly produced after the war. Your suggestion of plastic models is fascinating. Do you have evidence other than personal recollections?
There is apparently one book by an Italian Michele Morciano, Classic Waterline Ship Models, which deals briefly with the company, but otherwise very little, which is why I am sourcing original models, catalogues and personal anecdotes to try to piece something together. Any information most welcome.
Thanks for your interest,
I remember the lead(Pb) models, they used to be in the window of the Meccano shop on Holton Road Barry, when I was about five or six, always wanted to get a full fleet collection, but could never get enough pocket money together. There were also Zinc models of AA guns and Howitzers from the same makers.
Regarding plastic mouldings, my parents lodged with a Jewish family in Cathedral Road Cardiff for a time with me from birth until I was six months old. The family was called Joseph, who were still friendly after the war, I can remember being given a light blue plastic, (probably similar to Tupperware polyurethane), plate, cup and saucer, I also remember that Mr. Joseph said that it was one of the first sets in the world! The year was about 1946 or early '47. The Company, Treforest Mouldings, which had stopped during the war, was apparently taken over or bought by Mr. Joseph and his associates but keeping the name on the building.
That's about all I can remember, I do hope that it will be of some assistance in your pursuit of knowledge.