this page has been preserved because of the 'social history' content
relating to 'the well-known series Toy Town' by S.G. Hulme Beaman.
sent to me out of the blue by Toby Jenkins, auctioneer, at the
beginning of March 2011, accompanied by the following message:
been researching Larry The Lamb & Toytown & found your site
reason I have had to do this research is because we are auctioneers
and have entered for auction the archive of original material
formerly belonging to Larry the Lamb Ltd.
notice from your information that the earliest surviving material
from this iconic series was a 1934 short recording.
be pleased to hear that in this very extensive lot is an original
radio script stamped by the BBC and dated three years earlier at 5.15
on the 3/3/1931.
attached to this e-mail our full list & description of this Lot
which you can see is extensive and starts in 1931, through radio &
television & beyond the death of Hendrick Baker.
you find this interesting & may wish to update your site
should also know anyone who this Lot may be of interest to then it
will be sold on Sunday 20th March 2011 in auction in the midlands,
but if anyone is interested then we can arrange various bid options.
this is not the primary reason for writing to you, but to give you
the information for your site. Just would hate anyone who may be
interested if there was any such party to miss out.
you accept this in the good faith in which it was sent as a thank you
to your site for assisting in my research.
I am very
grateful to Toby Jenkins for permission to publish this fascinating material.
here we go.......
Archive of Toy Town & Larry the Lamb
Lamb and the famous Toy town stories were the creation of S.G. Hulm
Beaman. Beaman who started out carving wooden figures in the early
1920’s and then wrote short stories around his models. During
the early 1920’s he was known for his cartoon story strips in
the Golders Green gazette called “Philip & Phido”.
About a little boy and his trusty dog.
after this he further developed many of the Philip & Phido
characters and Toy Town was born with characters such as Larry,
Dennis the dachshund, Earnest the policeman & many others.
also includes material consisting of scripts and un-released film in
connection with these early Philip & Phido stories.
the Toy Town stories were taken up by the BBC as short play’s
to be aired during children’s hour on the radio. Most of these
plays were aired live with each BBC region making their own separate
transmissions. In those early radio days very few live performances
were ever recorded and as such most of the early stuff was thought to
have gone for ever.
shortly after this early success that the author Hulm Beaman died in
then got together with his good friend Hendrick Baker to try and keep
the works of Beaman alive after his death. This was achieved with
some considerable success. The Radio shows continued to be aired on
the BBC through four decades before gaining further fame and success
in the more modern medium of television and film. The stories also
went to the stage and many were released on record labels. Into the
1980’s although no longer on television the stories were still
being released on video and along with vast amounts of merchandising
material and were sold across the globe as were licenses to
international television rights.
series first moved from radio to television, the then Larry the Lamb
ltd, who owned all the commercial rights employed the services of
Halas & Batchelor to make the pilot television episodes. John
Halas director of the company was known to be the British equivalent
of Walt Disney and was therefore somewhat selective in those they
includes many letters of correspondence bearing his original
Hendrick Baker died having then out lived his business partner Maud
Beaman. As a result of this Hendrick Bakers widow then herself in
later years decided to dissolve the business in the January of 1992.
Since then she wrote a number of letters in an attempt to establish
whether or not she and Hulm Beamans daughter still had ownership of
copyright. The letters of reply drew no apparent conclusion to this.
the turn of the current century Dorothy Baker also passed away. There
were apparently no close relatives able to take care of her affairs
and her then council rented home in Leicestershire was consequently
cleared by the local authority and most was sent to landfill.
Fortunately an eager eyed worker thought this material would be
interesting to read one day. However until it was bought to us
recently he thought it to be nothing more than that. It is however
the last remaining material from the archive of this most famous
children’s series and the business dealings of Larry the Lamb
Ltd, Hendrick Baker as well as much of Hulm Beamans published and so
far un-published works.
spans both the radio and television years and consists of well in
excess of 100 items to include studio copies of the 16mm films, two
of which were the only two made by Halas & Batchelor. The other
episodes were later made in house.
also includes original water color paintings used as the back drops
in the making of the pilot episode “The showing up of Larry the
includes contracts and letters from the BBC in the earlier day’s
as well as some of the early radio scripts.
to our findings using only the internet it is apparent that until the
discovery of this rare Lot that the earliest surviving Larry the Lamb
material was a short seven minute recording made by the BBC in 1934.
We are pleased to say that this Lot actually includes a radio script
for “The wreck of the Toy Town Belle” and is dated three
years earlier than this previously known material.
Toy Town was possibly the most iconic children’s series ever
produced and was most certainly the longest running, whilst spanning
some six decades. It still has fond childhood memories of generations
across the world. And the entire Lot tells the full story from
beginning to end whilst packed full of provenance.
It is not
known by the auctioneers if anyone or who, still owns any copyright
to this material. Although there is original evidence within this Lot
in the form of correspondence and whilst the original owner was a Ltd
company which no longer exists, it is up to any successful purchaser
to establish any copyright ownership before using any of this
material for future commercial purposes. The Auctioneers are
therefore offering this Lot as a rare and unique collectable item
would normally provide an estimate of value to a prospective
estimates can only be accurate if based on past auction results of
As far as
we are aware nothing of this nature with so much material relating to
such an iconic Series has ever been offered to the market before. As
such we are unable to provide estimates, but ask prospective buyers
to assess their own value as to what in their own opinion they are
prepared to pay for something so unique. The only guide we can give
is that if just one of the original back drop paintings came to
auction with its provenance then on this single painting we would be
setting an estimate of £800-£1,200. This does not of
course account for the remaining 100 plus items within this Lot. We
therefore hope you understand our dilemma and will choose to bid
is the full detailed list of the items available within this Lot
which is detailed under various sections as follows:
Hulm Beaman early works
Television & Film Day’s
Theater & Merchandising Day’s
Final End -With copyright doubts
Baker -Other works & travel
bound volume congaing full script for a Philip & Phido story. In
later years Baker has added copies of Beaman’s drawings taken
from the Golders Green Gazette (We believe never published)
page short story by Hulm Beaman “Kerri The Kangaroo”
(Not published but some characters later to be in Toy Town).
page short story by Hulm Beaman “Jenny The Giraffe” (not
published but with some characters later to be in Toy Town).
time ID card for Hendrick Baker dated 1945 with photo.
from ministry of pensions awarding “The Kings Badge” for
invalid personal to Hendrick Baker.
Bakers CV dated 1936 – 1949 with reference to his works on Toy
script for “The wreck of the Toy Town Belle” Stamped as
approved by the BBC, timed and dated 5.15 on the 3rd of
the 3rd 1931.
2 -11 of another early radio script. (As page one is missing we
cannot pin point a precise date but it would have been from the
1930’s but clearly from the Toy Town series).
3 – 6 of another early radio script. (Clearly from the Toy
12 of yet another early radio script. (Clearly from the Toy Town
different page 12 of an early radio script. (Clearly from the Toy
from the BBC to Hendrick Baker. This employs his services as advisor
on some 15 live performances at 15guinees & 15 shillings per
episode. Many located at the now closed Alexandra Palace. This
document is dated May 11th 1947.
to Hendrick Baker from the London County council declining his offer
of free seats at the stage version as unsuitable for children during
School hours. Dated 8th August 1947.
hand written letter to Hendrick Baker from his business partner Hulm
Beaman’s Widow Maud and dated February 9th 1956.
from the BBC to Handrick Baker discussing various Toytown scripts
and dated 10th April 1957.
cutting from the Radio Times which had been kept by Hendrick Baker
and describes the making of the Toytown puppets in the BBC’s
tin shed. Dated December 1956.
Studio copies of 16 mm film reels those released & some never
studio showing copy of the pilot TV film “the showing up of
Larry the Lamb” Made by Halas & Batchelor this is complete
in full color with a slight pink tinge. Clearly shows the scenes
involving the original paintings mentioned within this Lot.
studio copy of the Showing up of Larry the Lamb with repairable
split part way.
showing copy of the second pilot film made by Halas & Batchelor
“The Tale of the Magician” Picture is well preserved.
studio viewing copy of Toy Town Mystery”. Full color, picture
Original studio viewing copy of “Dreadful doings in Ark
Street” full color, well preserved.
Original studio viewing copy of “Tale of Earnest the
Policeman” Full color, picture well preserved.
Original studio viewing copy of “Mr.Growser Moves”, Full
color, picture well preserved.
Original studio copy of “The Mayors Sea Voyage” Full
color, picture well preserved, but with occasional scratch.
Original studio copy of “Tea For Two” full color,
picture well preserved. In tin marked “how the Wireless came
studio copy of “Larry the Plumber” full color, tail out
so unable to confirm the title.
Studio copy of “Enchanted Ark” Black & white cutting
Studio copy of “Brave Deed of Ernest the Policeman”
Black & white cutting copy.
copy of “Toy Town Treasure” Black & white cutting
trims from “Affairs of Ernest”
film titled “Toy Town goes west” marked optical track,
leader say’s series II no. 4.
“The Arkville Dragon” Color test version.
studio copy of Philip & Phido. Full length film but without
sound. Sound tape below may be the sound track but is un-tested.
films of cuttings marked Philip & Phido. No sound or picture
album containing 50 Polaroid stills from the various film sets used
during the making of the Toy Town series. (Polaroid’s tended
not to last but these are in a reasonably good condition).
Original water color painting of the back drop to the Inventors work
shop, with three additional movable plastic strips on which is
painted the inventor and other movable objects. All cut as in film
strip and were the original material used in piecing together the
separate shots during the filming.
further plastic strips painted with parts of various characters
including the Inventors car. All were originally made for use in the
filming of the pilot film of “The Showing up of Larry the
Water color painting of the start of the car race in the pilot film
“The showing up of Larry the Lamb” This is on card cut
like film strip and is marked with the scene & frame numbers
hand painted card strip of another Toy Town scene, with movable
plastic over lay. This is marked Toy Town 2, and shows the inventor
racing past trees etc in his car.
other pieces of original hand painted card, both looking like
mistakes as subject not recognizable but one marked scene 23.
original pencil drawing showing the rear of the Inventors car in the
pilot film “The Showing up of Larry the Lamb.” This was
never actually used in the final production.
page typed write up by Hendrick Baker giving a brief history of
Beaman & the radio day’s before writing that Toy Town is
now to go to television. We believe this to be a press release at
letter from Halas & Batchelor to Baker Discussing distribution
arrangements of the pilot film. This is dated 3rd May
1962 and signed personally by John Halas.
copy of original letter sent to John Halas from Baker, Stating that
the BBC would welcome the first view of the pilot film. Dated 23rd
copy of a letter from Baker to John Halas, stating that the BBC give
much praise in the animation in the pilot film. Dated 4th
copy of letter from Baker to John Halas, stating that the BBC are
still slow to make up their mind as to whether or not to run the TV
episodes. Dated 25th July 1962.
letter sent from John Halas to Baker, stating that he too hopes that
the BBC soon make up their minds as he has many other contacts in
Germany & America who wish to take up the option instead. Dated
27th July 1962 and signed by John Halas in person.
letter from John Halas to Baker asking if their German agent may be
allowed to view the pilot film, Signed in person & dated 10th
copy of letter sent to John Halas from Baker stating that he had now
delivered the pilot film to the BBC. Dated 15th September
letter from John Halas to Baker stating that he has information
regarding the prospects of Toy Town worldwide. Signed in his own
hand and dated 8th October 1962.
copy of a letter forwarded to Baker from Halas & Batchelor,
written originally to Eldorado Films Inc, New York. Discussing their
interest & potential private screening of “The tale of the
Magician” dated 23rd October 1962.
letter from John Halas to Baker stating that an American distributor
would like to see the Toy Town film whilst in London. Signed in John
Halas’s own hand & dated 2nd November 1962.
Carbon copy of a letter to Halas & Batchelor from Welt Films in
Frankfurt. Stating that they are interested in the films. Dated 2nd
letter from John Halas to Baker Stating that Welt Film in Frankfurt
stating that they are at the point of signing a contract for
thirteen Toy Town episodes. Signed by John Halas personally and
dated 16th January 1963.
letter from John Halas to Baker stating that he enclosed a letter
from their German representatives. Signed by John Halas dated 25th
June 1963 (Letter of attachment now missing).
letter from John Halas asking Baker to pop in for a meeting. to
discuss Toy Town. Signed in John Halas’s own hand dated 17th
letter from John Halas to Baker, stating he had enclosed a copy of a
letter received from their German agents. The attached letter is
also present and states that they should retain the BBC agreement
regarding domestic rights. The original letter is signed by John
Halas & dated 22nd August 1963.
Letter from John Halas to Baker enclosing a copy of a letter from
the German agents and a copy of his reply. Signed in his own hand &
dated 12th September 1963. (The reply Halas sent is still
attached but the copy of the German letter is not)
copy of letter from Baker to John Halas thanking for the above
letter in item 41. and asking them to postpone the release of the
Pilot film. Dated 13th September 1963.
copy of a letter sent from Baker to John Halas discussing
distribution. Dated September 1963.
copy of letter sent to John Halas from Baker discussing the final
production costs. Dated 4th October 1963
letter from the Halas & Batchelor accountant Mr. Clay discussing
fees. Dated 12th February 1962.
copy of letter from Baker to Mr. Clay, thanking for the cheque.
Dated 16th February 1962.
letter from John Halas’s Secretary regarding suggested credit
titles for the film “The tale of the Magician” dated
23rd March 1962.
from the solicitors to Larry The Lamb ltd to Hendrick Baker
regarding the details of where his name should appear in the final
film credits. Dated 29th March 1962.
Carbon copy of a letter from Baker to John Halas again discussing
title credits. Dated 30th March 1962.
letter from John Halas to Baker again discussing final credits.
Dated 3rd April 1962.
copy of letter to John Halas from Baker referring to his visit to
their film studio’s in Stroud. Dated 26th April
letter Halas & Batchelor’s accountant Mr. Clay to Baker
regarding to Bakers agreement that Halas & Batchelor should
handle the Distribution of the film on Bakers behalf. Dated 26th
from Halas & Batchelor cartoon films Ltd, to Hendrick Baker of
Larry The lamb ltd for services in respect of photography of Toy
Town for the total sum of £1,333.00. Dated 30th
copy of a letter from Baker to Mr. Clay of Halas & Batchelor,
again regarding distribution rights. Dated 1st May 1962.
copy of a letter from Baker to Halas & Batchelor accountant
referring to letters received from the National Film Finance
Council. Dated 1st November 1963.
copy of another letter from Baker to Halas & Batchelor
accountant regarding the statement of final cost of the pilot film.
Dated 13th November 1963.
letter from John Halas to Baker regarding the storyboard for Toy
Town. Signed by John Halas himself & dated 13th
copy of a letter from Baker sent to John Halas, confirming that he
wished them to proceed with the Storyboard. Dated 15th
copy of a letter from Baker sent to Halas & Batchelor accountant
referring to the enclosure of a cheque for £250. Dated 18th
copy of a letter from Baker to John Halas, regarding merchandising
enquires. Dated 2nd march 1964.
copy of a letter sent by Baker to John Halas, enclosing a list of
companies requiring illustrations for merchandising purposes. Dated
11th March 1964.
Original letter from John Halas to Baker, now on later edition of
their headed note paper which lists their past works down the left
hand side. The letter refers to a drawing in relation to a Toy Town
jig-saw as part of the merchandise to be made available. Signed by
John Halas & dated 13th March 1964.
two of the production budget for the second Toy Town series Circa
1964, Estimating a cost of £300 per film.
page cutting from the Daily Mail retained by Henrick Baker, with the
news story titled “ Toy Town goes to TV” dated January
letter from Larry the Lamb Ltd. Solicitors regarding an enclosed
draft of the lease for studios in Northolt Road South Harrow. Dated
10th July 1972. (Now into the Thames TV day’s)
copy of the draft lease as mentioned above between Cygnet films Ltd
& Larry the Lamb ltd,
of a letter from Stanley Schofield Productions relating to the
license for Larry the Lamb ltd to use Northolt Road Studio’s
and mentioning the enclosure of a layout plan for the said studio.
Dated 20th November 1973.
copy of the Layout plan for the Larry the Lamb Studio’s as
mentioned in the above letter.
letter from Cygnet Film regarding Larry the Lambs need to continue
using their studios. Dated 8th August 1973.
copy of letter from Baker to Cygnet films regarding invoices for the
use of the phones. Dated 27th April 1973.
invoice from Cygnet films for studio rent at £625. Dated 19th
copy of letter from Baker to Cygnet films relating to difficulties
in making rent payments as they are still awaiting royalties from
Merchandising. Dated 14th June 1973.
telephone bill dated 29th August 1973.
of studio rent account owed by Larry the Lamb ltd. Dated 30th
copy of letter sent by Baker regarding tenancy agreement at Northolt
Road. Dated 14th July 1972.
copy of letter from Baker to Cygnet films agreeing to take up
tenancy for one year. Dated 16th June 1972.
for rates on studio at Northolt Road. £40.56 for two months.
Dated 8th August 1972.
for studio rental. Dated 31st July 1972.
copy of letter from Baker to Cygnet films asking to take up a
further rental of two years on the premises at the vast amount of
£2,500 per annum. Dated 6th August 1973.
letter from Cygnet films agreeing to extend the lease, but would
appreciate back rent now overdue of £1,000. Dated 8th
letter from Cygnet films stating rent at £2,500 PA. Rates
£192.84 PA. etc, dated 16th June 1972.
letter from Larry the Lamb Ltd Solicitors regarding occupancy of the
new studio’s at Northolt Road. Dated 31st August
further solicitor’s letter dated 1st August 1972.
of a letter from Cygnet films to Richard price Television asking on
behalf of Hendrick Baker if they would be interested in taking up
television rights. Dated 7th May 1974.
written draft letter composed by Hendrick Baker of Larry the Lamb
Ltd. Recipient not mentioned and no date. It states that the series
has produced £34,000 in 18 months, but handwriting is hard to
from Cygnet Films to Baker thanking him for what was only a part
payment for studio rent. Dated 27th February 1973.
for Studio rent dated 27th February 1973.
further Seventeen documents. Comprising of Solicitors letters,
Sundry bills and an invoice from Halas & Batchelor, for expenses
incurred whilst showing the ToyTown pilot at the Corner cinema.
Dated 9th July 1962.
note we do not have a reel to reel tape player, so have only listed
these tapes according to what they say on the box. We cannot at this
stage therefore verify the contents to be as described)
106) Tape marked “Philip & Phido story tapes”.
107) Tape marked “Toy Town Vocal”.
108) Tape marked “Various Sound effects including Toy Band”
109) Tape marked “ Sound effects including rumble, owl hooting
110) Tape marked Sound effects for “The Dreadful doings in Ark
111) Tape marked Sound effects, horse trotting cows etc..
112) one other reel to reel tape contents not marked.
113) VHS video in English with Dutch Sub-titles.
114) Home recorded VHS video marked Toy Town.
The Theater & Merchandising years.
115) Flyer from the Theater production of “Larry The lamb in
at the Shaw theater Euston Road, Directed by David Wood.
No date, but known to be 1969.
116) Leaflet for EMI record releases, marked as September, but no
date. Shows Larry the lamb record on the front cover.
117) Copy of advert for New Records in the Toy town series on HMV.
118) Numerous original & copies of press cuttings retained by
Baker, relating to Toy Town.
Final End –with copyright doubts
119) Carbon copy of a letter from Baker to Cygnet film
regarding the TV
Right to Thames television, clearly stating that
is was for a five year
license only. Dated 25th February 1972.
120) Original letter from Hulm Bemans daughter Betty
assuming that they
Still have copyright, but unsure. The letter also
states that her Mother
& Hendrick Baker only had a verbal agreement
to take equal shares in
In any business Henrick Baker could obtain. She
further states that
“Now that Larry the Lamb& co is
dissolved she assumes this agreement is now null & void. This
is written in her own and comes with the
Original envelope dated 24th July
121) Carbon copy of a letter sent by Bakers widow Dot to
Peter Baker the
Merchandising manager for all Larry the Lamb
products. This letter
asks if he still has any claim to copyright and
is dated 30th June 1992
123) The original letter of reply from Peter Baker
confirming in his own
Hand that he has no further claim on any
124) Carbon copy of letter sent by Dot Baker to
seeking any records on Larry the lamb ltd.
Dated 4th August 1192
125) Carbon copy of a letter sent by Dot Baker to her
was apparently assisting her with her business
affairs. This letter
States that companies house replied saying they
had no records &
that she fears Betty Billets reply as in item
120 above about the
original agreement of lack of it. This is dated
19th August 1992.
Bakers other Works.
126) Copy of a contract between Handrick Baker &
Michael Gilbert the
author of “The Shot in Question” the
contract is for Baker to produce
the stage play of the book. Undated but another
letter suggests 1962.
127) Five further documents in relation to “The
Shot in Question” these
Suggest it to be far from a success.
128) Four various documents of communication with The
Theater relating to Hendrick Baker’s
employment in the production
of “Lock up your Daughters dated 1962.
129) Various typed travel itineraries, letter &
documents relating to
Hendrick Bakers various international business
trips throughout his
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