I won't have much on Meccano here both because I don't actually have much and because this system is covered extensively elsewhere. Meccano has an active worldwide base of enthusiasts, and is probably the best-documented of all construction "toys" (the only better-documented systems might be those mechanical prototyping systems for which engineering drawings are published (e.g. FAC (see Wilbert Swinkels' site and the FAC-system site) or Contraptor). Even those systems lack the depth of application which can come only from over a century of use.
Although it is nearly unknown in the United States, it still available elsewhere in the world (in a much reduced repertoire from the successor company in France ( www.meccano.com), from Exacto in Argentina, who have been making it since 1956 ( www.exactosystem.com), and from various makers of reproduction parts. As can be see from a look around the web at the current work of Meccano enthusiasts, creative engineering with the system is still very much alive.
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