Wednesday, February 13, 2019


This week we remember A.C. Gilbert.....BORN on February 15th in 1894...Alfred Carlton Gilbert (February 15, 1884 – January 24, 1961) was an American inventor, athlete, magician, toy-maker and businessman. Gilbert is best known as the inventor of the Erector Set (click on the photos and links).

Re: the A. C. Gilbert Company...In 1918, with the United States embroiled in World War I and the Council of National Defense considering a ban on toy production, Gilbert argued successfully against it. The press gave him the nickname "The man who saved Christmas." READ MORE HERE.

And courtesy of a previous auction at Croton's own the "All–Electric Erector” #8 1/2 (Giant Ferris Wheel), 1950s, by A.C. Gilbert, 20.25" x 12.25”; this 100% mint / complete / unused set is “as issued” w/ all inserts & factory packing, mint in glossy NM metal case, WOW! It sold for over $636 at auction in 2012. 

It's followed by another great Erector toy courtesy again of a previous auction at"Action Helicopter” Erector Set #10181, 1962, 100% complete. 

Again, click on the photos and links. You may also enjoy: 

--The complete 1954 A.C. Gilbert American Flyer Train Catalog

--And your editor's Flickr album of VINTAGE BOYS TOYS

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1 comment:

  1. I had a much later model of the ferris wheel. It took us forever to put it together, but it was like a challenge we couldn't resist.