1927 Gilbert Erector Set #7 1/2 - $450 (Canyon Lake)

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make / manufacturer: A. C. Gilbert Company

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Early 1927 complete Gilbert Erector set model #7 1/2 with wooden box which has been inventoried. Inventory sheets accompany the set. This set includes the complete "white truck" model. The truck parts have "white truck" stamped on the fenders, but Alfred Gilbert painted them black anyway. The white rubber tires are original but are hardened. The instruction manual has all the pages but has no cover and is in poor condition. Original 6-8 volt motor with brush contacts in good condition, but not running. A later model electrical motor will be added to the set. The parts boxes are new. The box is in good condition.

A. C. Gilbert Erector Co. History: After winning a gold medal for pole vaulting at the 1908 Olympics, and earning a degree in medicine at Yale, Alfred C. Gilbert (1884-1961) started a toy company in New Haven, Connecticut. The Gilbert toys, Mysto Manufacturing Co., made magic and chemistry sets. By 1913 Gilbert developed the Erector Set, a popular metal construction toy. The company name was changed to A. C. Gilbert Company and sold over 30 million sets from 1913 through 1954, or an average of 700,000 per year. Starting in the 1920's, Erector Sets were sold with increased ability grades and complexity, using electric motors, ranging from set models #1 through #10. In 1948-9, new Erector Set models #10 1/2 - Amusement Park and the large box, #12 1/2 - Mysterious Walking Giant were introduced. Also, the American Flyer trains were made as a division of the A. C. Gilbert Co. By 1961, the last Erector sets were sold by Gilbert. After Gilbert's death, the A.C. Gilbert Co. was sold to Wrather Corporation. There were a total of 50 million Erector sets sold from 1913 to 1988.

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