Catalogues from specialized shops and (mail) order catalogues

 

Franz Carl Weber, Zürich, Switzerland

 

This company was founded 1881 in Switzerland. FCW was one of the first to take the famous Billerbahn into their program - definitely already in 1950 - following some catalogue copies I have. And there are Main- and Special catalogues, e.g. just showing Toy Trains.

 
1948 - specials as of 1950 as of 1951 1952 - Specials
FCW Specials Catalogue from 1948 FCW main catalogue 1950 FCW main catalogue 1951

 

Looking similar - compare the prices and the layout "Billers Bahn" presenting Novelties
 
1952 - Specials Xmas 1953 - Specials 1954 - Specials 1956 - Specials page 3
not verfied - but assumed to be Xmas 1952 FCW Specials 1953 FCW Special catalogue 1956 - page 3
 
1956 - Specials page 4 1956 page 81 1956 page 95 1957 page 67
FCW Special catalogue 1956 - page 4
110 Helicopter with base version 2 - Vickers 701 - Novelties      
 
1957 page 79 Christmas 1957, No. 413 page 6 1958 - Specials 1958 page 69
FCW Modellbahnkatalog 1958
    top middle offers the 140 Chirpy  
 
1958 page 79 1959 page 69 and page 79 leaflet from 1960
FCW main catalogue 1959 FCW leaflet 1960
the 160 Aquarium    
 
pages 75 and 79 from 1960 as of 1961 Christmas 1962
FCW main catalogue 1960 FCW main catalogue 1961 Weihnachten 1962 auf Französisch
      French version
 
as of 1962/63 1963/64 pages 55 and 68 as of 1964 - Specials
FCW main catalogue 1962/63 FCW main catalogue 1963/64 FCW Specials 1964
  Novelty 105 Airport see also the 1964 FCW-Leaflet Shows the Airport as Novelty - 14,80 SFr.
 
as of 1965/66 1966 as of 1966/67 Christmas 1967
FCW main catalogue 1965/66 FCW main catalogue 1966/67 Christmas 1967 - set 1620 as novelty
1410 race track offered as Novelty - on page 51   page 55 offers the 1410 race track again as novelty 1620 as novelty
 
as of 1967/68 Christmas 1968 as of 1969 Christmas 1969
Christmas 1968 FCW main catalogue 1969 Christmas at FCW - 1969
Sets 230 and 231 using Biller numbering Set 231 and 235 - using own numbering Set 240
 
The 1966/67 catalogue is said to be the very last one presenting children-related accessories of all kind. As of 1967 FCW topic-specific catalogues were issued in different languages. Thus an annual total of 84 catalogues was issued.

Concerning the as novelty offered Set 1620 in the 1967 Christmas catalogue: it must be a printing error. The set is offered incl. 021 level crossing and 022 signal - this composition is known to be set 1614 - and was listed in Biller catalogues from 1966.

Any catalogue after 1969 does (so long) NOT present Biller items any longer - which has to be verified.

 
generated: JAN-10-2002

last update: Autumn 2015