Produced from 1953 to 1954 this box contains a drawing of the contents on the front and is labelled ‘A Moko Lesney product’
More commonly known as the ”script box” this style was only used for the first 7 models, the end flap was plain blue in colour with no other markings present.
Box Type – K is designated to a one off production of a wooden case that held 6 models, this case was known as the YY60 : Connoisseur Set‘ and was limited in its release.
In 1983 the ‘Maroon’ boxes were introduced, like the ‘straw’ box they were uniform in colour but no longer included a window in both the back panel.
Due to the shift in production of Matchbox to Asia, there are 3 variations on this box all based around the production location; otherwise the boxes are the same.
Box Type – J : Made in England
Box Type – J1 : Made in Macau
Box Type – J2 : Made in China
1979 was when the ‘Straw’ boxes were introduced into the range. These boxes were uniform in colour and now included a window panel at the rear of the box, this enabled the model to be viewed whilst in its box from both sides, unlike previous window boxes.
There are variations on this box relating to the text on the end flap, it can be either small (Box Type – I) or large (Box Type – I1)
Box Type – I :
Box Type – I1 :
There is one other variation of this type of box (Box Type – I2) and that was the one used only for the 25th Anniversary edition Y12, that box (shown below) was the only one to be released with this design in all white.
In 1974 Yesteryears were re-added to the Matchbox range after a 2 year absence.
They were now issued in what is commonly referred to as a ‘woodgrain’ box, this box came in many colours like Red, Blue or Orange. There are two distinct types in this style, designated as Box Type ”Hw” or ”Hg”.
The difference between them is in the colour used for the “Y” number on the top of the box, it was either white (Hw) or gold (Hg) the remainder of the text was always printed in white
Similar to the ‘F’ boxes the next release issued from 1969 onwards were identical in every way with the only exception being the pink band was now purple in colour. These boxes were in use until the withdrawal of the Models of Yesteryear’s from the Matchbox range in 1972.
Y02 did not appear in this style box
In 1968 Yesteryear boxes were completely overhauled, In order to present the models on the shelves of large shops and supermarkets the window box was developed which enabled the model inside to be viewed.
The boxes were yellow with a band of pink running down the left hand side. The card insert was generally blue or yellow.
There are some variations to be found on this box, the difference can be found in the text printed below the ‘Matchbox’ logo and model description on the front of the box.
Box Type – F1 : “MATCHBOX” REGD. T.M. G.B. AND ABROAD
MADE IN ENGLAND
Box Type – F2 : “MATCHBOX” REGD. T.M. G.B. AND ABROAD
LESNEY PRODUCTS & CO.LTD. LONDON ENGLAND
MADE IN ENGLAND
Box Type – F3 : “MATCHBOX” REGD. T.M. G.B. AND ABROAD
MATCHBOX IS THE REGD T.M. OF LESNEY PRODUCTS & CO. LTD.
MADE IN ENGLAND
Box Type – F4 : “MATCHBOX” AND “YESTERYEAR” ARE THE REGD T.M. OF
LESNEY PRODUCTS & CO. LTD. LONDON ENGLAND
Type ‘E1’ boxes issued in 1966/67 were the same in design as type ‘E’ except printed with much brighter inks. They also included the addition of the registered trademark ® after ‘Matchbox’.
Type ‘E’ boxes were the next incarnation of the Yesteryear box and although very similar in appearance to the ‘D’ style boxes they now included a full colour image of the enclosed model on the end flap.
The ‘D3’ boxes were extremely similar to the ‘D2’ boxes except with the notable change of moving the ‘Models of Yesteryear’ logo from the top of the front of the box to the bottom and placing the “Matchbox” name in its place.
Y03 & Y13 have not been confirmed to exist in this style of box