New book charts the rise and fall of British toy company Tri-ang

Publisher Pen & Sword Books has released A History of Tri-ang and the Lines Brothers Ltd, the first full-length study of the fascinating Lines Brothers and their 20th century toy-making enterprise.

Written by Professor Kenneth D Brown, Emeritus Professor of History at Queen’s University Belfast and a leading expert in the history of the toy industry, the book is based in part on hitherto unused papers preserved by Peggy Lines, daughter of one of the founders.

The book reveals how a Victorian family business became the iconic Tri-ang trademark, makers of Cindy Dolls, Scalextric, Pedigree prams and many other beloved favourite toys, and how the company – at one point the largest toy manufacturer in the world – spectacularly collapsed in the face of intensifying international competition and a changing economic climate.

A History of Tri-ang and the Lines Brothers Ltd is out now in hardback, RRP £20. For more information, visit Pen & Sword Books.

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and Get in touch at

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