|Bay Area Collectors' Association History|
|1971||BAMCA was founded April 15, 1971. It was originally a chapter of the Matchbox Collectors Club, but persisted long after that entity disappeared.|
|1994||The website was started in 1994. Originally it was just a list of links to other websites, but one year Matchbox announced their new lineup in advance, and we thought it would be cool to show it on the site. Things snowballed from there.|
1996 was the 25th anniversary of the club.
We did a special club model that year, where we took the Matchbox Originals
Bedford Van and put different decals on it.
1996 was also when we got the official approval to use the Matchbox logo on the website.
In December, an article was published in the Palo Alto Weekly about one of our club members.
We bought the domain name in 1998. Real work began on creating a
comprehensive information site about Matchbox Toys. Most of the
scripting was written in PERL.
In December, an article was published in the New York Times that mentioned one of our club members.
|2000||In 2000, the entire site was converted to Python.|
|2004||Starting 2004, the entire site was rewritten again to create a web framework and use a more cohesive design.|
In 2009 an effort was begun to convert the site to run off a MySQL
database. This work completed in 2010.
There are still some old pages that run off of text files, but
almost everything that has to do with 3-inch models is in the DB.
We also added a FaseBook page. Feel free to "like" it!
|2014||At this point all the scripts that run the site were put into GitHub. Anyone who is intereted in seeing this can contact us for more information.|
|2015||In 2015 the site was rewritten (again!) to use the Jinja2 rendering engine. This nakes much of the site simpler and easier to maintain.|
|2016||All new pictures added to the site are now also posted to our tumblr account.|
Going forward, there are many plans for things to add, but they require time, which
is in short supply. We'll do them when we can. The most pressing
projects are to fill in more variation and product pictures, and
to add more models and products to the database.
Current and planned projects: