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Beautiful LEGO Model Sets of the Town Plan Era
Many of today's LEGO collectors look at the sets of today as the "Golden Age" for LEGO... others look at the sets of the 1980s to mid 1990's. But long before most of you were alive... LEGO designed some really nice sets back in the late 1950s to mid 1960s that were very labor intensive to hand pack, and had specialty parts that followed the HO Scale accessories used by many of the high quality model railroad systems of that era.
Recently I've been able to get some really nice box images from many of my European (and American) old time collector friends, who have been very busy buying.... while many of you folks are spending your cash on the mass produced CMF sets, Modulars, licensed sets, and other newer items.... some folks have quietly been buying up some of the really rare stuff from 1/2 century ago... that just doesn't exist any more in the large quantities of so much of the recent stuff that has the word "Collectible" in it. Well I'm not here to chastise... just to show off some of the beauty of these older lesser known, and lesser appreciated sets, that as of late have been commanding as much as 4 digits on the secondary market.
Before the 810 and 725 huge 700 piece Town Plan sets came out in 1961-62, TLG produced some really nice Town model sets in some really nice artwork boxes, with all the parts held very attractively in the box with inserts, and with some really pricey (today) specialty parts.
I've been upgrading my Unofficial LEGO Sets/Parts Collectors Guide with hundreds of replacement images, as well as hundreds more new ones of rare old (and new) sets. So here's going to be a sample of some of these very attractive LEGO boxes.
To start, here is a 1958 image from the first year Italian LEGO catalog of that year, showing 3 of the LEGO Town Plan model sets... a white church with red roof (309/1309), an Esso Service Station (310/1310), and a VW Showroom with blue bricks (307/1307).