At a Century of Progress: 1920-1950
Objects Erector "Engineer's Set," ca. 1938

Made by A. C. Gilbert Co., New Haven CT
Set No. 7½
Metal, string

Gilbert Erector Sets were introduced in 1913 and became the leading construction toy on the market during the 1930s. A variety of structures could be made with each set, and the numerous pieces often included gears and an electric motor. Gilbert advertised this set, No. 7½, with an illustration of the "Walking Beam Engine" that could be made with its pieces. A Ferris wheel could be made with set No. 8½, which included a record of carnival music.

Gift of the Condell Fund and Lowell E. Anderson, Springfield IL (1991.8; 1984.25.9)

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