1928 Gilbert Erector Set #77 - $375 (Canyon Lake)

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make / manufacturer: A. C. Gilbert Company

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Rare 1928 complete Gilbert Erector set model #77 with wooden box which is inventoried. Inventory sheets accompany the set. This set was issued for only one year. The white rubber tires are reproductions but were not issued in the original box. The instruction manual is in 'Like New" condition. Original 6-8 volt motor with brush contacts in good condition, but not running. A later model electric motor will be provided. The parts boxes are reproductions. The box shows the '77' mark in the inner lower right corner..

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 kids toy company in New Haven, Connecticut. The Gilbert toys, Mysto Manufacturing Co., made magic sets and chemistry toys. 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 Set models were sold with increased ability grades and complexity, using electric motors, ranging from set models #1 1/2 through #8 1/2. 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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