December 1st marked the first 100 years since A.C. Gilbert created an all metal silver construction set assembled with screws and nuts in 1913. The metal frames were in the design of nearby New Haven Railroad's centenary braced poles of which original learned from being a daily rider to and from New Haven Station. Back then Erector Set's were very expensive at $5.00. Today would be worth several hundred dollars in collector’s value.
They will be at Eli Whitney Museum for display Now until January 26, 2014 on Saturday 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm.
A.C. Gilbert is also best known for later model railroad "American Flyer" trains offered in many S Gauge (Standard Gauge) diesel locomotives, best favorite the ALCO PA-1 and EMD GP7. The PA was offered in then nearby New Haven McGinnis Orange-White-Black.
Jerome A. Rosenfeld