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Chris Clemons (Cmc)
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Until recently very little was known about the history of this company and its products. However the Astra-Pharos toys are quite collectable and increasing in value. The most well known are the guns, which could fire'shells' and caps, searchlights and traffic/railway signals. Lesser known items include harbours for waterline ships, lighthouses and petrol stations with illuminated petrol pumps.

Now a new book, "The Toys of Astra-Pharos" by David J. Booth, published by the author, describes in detail the history of the company and its products. He also claims to list every toy produced by Astra-Pharos.With over 100 photographs, chapters include the history of the company, early toys, the military range, post war toys, boxes, catalogues and instruction leaflets. There are also descriptions of model variations and subsequent models made by Johillco and Wend-al when the moulds were sold off. I have no connection with the author but recommend the book because I think it has been well researched and is a valuable reference book on this interesting toy company. It is currently for sale on Ebay.
Here are some photos from my own collection of Astra-Pharos toys.




Astra harbour

Astra AA gun


Astra AA gun

Astra traffic signal

image/bmpAstra rocket launcher
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Chris Clemons (Cmc)
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More Astra-Pharos toys

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Astra searchlight

Astra AA unit

Astra fort gun

Astra rocket launcher

Astra Pom-pom gun

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