fifteen models to be issued were packaged
in the line drawing boxes. A black line
drawing of the model is presented on a
white background. This is surrounded by
yellow on which red lettering is printed.
The manufacturer is stated as Lesney.
There are three types of this line
drawing box being distinguished by the
The number of the model appears in black
on a blue background. Type A boxes were
only produced for models Y1-1 to Y9-1.
Type B The endflap number appears
in blue in a white circle. Type B boxes
are not known for models Y5-1, Y6-1 and
Type C The endflap number is red in
a white circle. Also used for the first
replacement models to form the second
series. These were Y4-2, Y6-2 and Y7-2.
Larger boxes than the
original line drawing boxes to package
the new larger models introduced from
Type D1 The illustration of the
model is now in colour on a plane yellow
background. The words 'Models of
Yesteryear' are printed above the
Type D2 The picture of the model now
has a detailed picture background.
Type D3 A less complicated picture
background. The lettering 'Models of
Yesteryear' is replaced with 'Matchbox'.
The end flap of the Type D
box gives the name of the model and model
number in white
Type E The end flaps now have a
picture of the model and the word
'Matchbox' in red
Type E1 The registered trademark ®
is added after 'Matchbox'
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
in 1968. The boxes were yellow with a
band of pink running down the left hand
side. The card insert was generally blue
Type G The pink band is replaced by
a purple band. This box was the last to
see the 'regular wheel' Yesteryears. It
was withdrawn in 1972.
Yesteryear featured in a promotion for
Mobil, a petrol company, in the mid
1960s. Mobil supplied its own orange
window boxes. Six models were used; Y2-2, Y3-2, Y5-2, Y6-2, Y8-2 and Y10-2.