history of Gilbert

Item number: Gilbert (4379)

Intern number: 4379

Category: Gilbert

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Company history and description of the company A.C. Gilbert Co., New Haven, America

On 02.13.1884 Alfred Carlton Gilbert was born in Salem.
1909 still in school he co-founded Mysto Manufacturing with John Petrie. They built boxed tricks and props for magicians.
1911 he had the first idea for the Erector concept.
1913 the Erector set was born and Mysto became the A.C. Gilbert Co.
From 1914 are known the first vehicles as the U.S. mail and the Ambulance
1922 he started producing chemistry sets.
1929 he bought Meccano.
1934 he started producing microscope kits.
1938 he bought the Amercian Flyer line of model trains and produced a line in 1:64 scale on 0 gauge tracks and he started with a H0 scale trains.
1952 he started with radioactivity experiments.
1954 he sold his stake.
In the 1960's the company has to fight for survival and sold the brand "Erektor" to Meccano in France.
1966 Lionel acquired the rights to "American Flyer".
1965 they produced James Bond figures and a race set with Bond's Aston Martin.
1967 the company went out of business.
On 01,24,1961 Gilbert died.

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