My brother gave me what I think is a 1926 Erector set #7 1/2. The one that comes in a wood box and builds a car. It's in real decent shape, but I'm not sure if it is complete.
Anyone know where to find a list of what all was included?
Try this, George...
I'm a casual collector of Erector sets. My parents bought a couple used old style sets for me when I was a kid and it was my favorite toy. I go to a lot of estate sales and I still buy them if they are reasonably priced. I'm up to eleven sets.
Greenberg's Guide to Erector Sets lists parts inventories of what each set contained. I don't own a copy because I'm not that serious and it's an expensive book.
I would contact Bill Bean and ask him what parts should be included in your set:
Here is his home page:
I should add - Bill Bean is the author of Greenberg's Guide to Erector Sets.
Does any body collect them? I had a price war develop on e-bay over an Erector Set Box. Just the box mind you. In answer to your question George: Hell Yes.
Thanks for the info guys...
I'll check out the links further and see where they all go. That's all I need, haha, to start to collect something else I never knew Erector Sets had specialty sets until today
The front axle in the kit looks like a miniature T front axle.
Tis' the season...
There is a Christmas movie that was made a couple of years ago called "The man who saved Christmas", it stars Jason Alexander as Mr. Gilbert. I bought a copy and enjoy watching it every once in a while, and there are a few neat old cars in it. I don't know, but maybe there are some clips of it on youtube.
Well, if you decide to go the Erector Set route, just give your car to me!
I had Tinker Toys as a kid.
Now purty much everything I git or own is or becomes a "erector set" of sorts.I have to tear it down and rebuild it or build it from scratch.
Mack--- if you own a Model T you still have a TINKER TOY!! At least mine is. J ;^)
I have one from the 1950's that was mine. Have one from later that was our kids. The old one has the thicker nuts. I sure there are missing parts, etc. The motors still run but one has lot of end play.
Google search http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=hts&oq=&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4RNQN_ enUS454US454&q=The+man+who+saved+Christmas+videos
On Ebay, The Man Who Saved Christmas http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=The+Man+Who+Saved+C hristmas&_sacat=0&_from=R40
I had one as a kid, too, and most of my toys survived until I got married and left my parents house. I should have taken the toys left with me, but didn't. Then every time a visitor with kids came to see my parents, the toys got played with; broken; or lost. When my Mom died and we cleaned out the house, some, but not all, were accounted for. I can't remember whether the Erector set was one of them. I remember my older sister's chemistry set did, although I don't know how stable the chemicals were. My other Erector set quit working about five years ago, after I had prostate surgery.
Had an erector set once. The affects were temporary. ;^/
As an avid A. C. Gilbert guy since I was about 8 years old--or younger, Erector Sets are very collectable AND very playable! Some of the links already posted are great resources. "The Man Who Saved Christmas isn't bad, but the casting is all wrong--A. C. Gilbert was a pole vaulter--in fact, invented the system in use today when he was in the Olympics about 1912 (I'm writing this from memory--too much work to find my books on it. But, he truly did save Christmas for the kids back in WWI. He also help invent lacquer covered wire that lead to the small electric motor industry.
Thanks to the links and the info I was able to find an original packing list without too much effort.
Amazing what the forum other interests are when it comes to collector items.
Too lazy to do a Google-verification, but I believe AC Gilbert was from Oregon, living in Beaverton, maybe....
George - That is exactly the set I had back in the early '50's! A number 7 1/2 ! I still have it, however, several components are missing and that list would enable me to identify the missing pieces and possible replace them to make a once again, complete set.
Would it be possible for you or someone else to make that list a bit more "readable"? Thanks,......harold
Check your mail.
The factory was located in Beaverton Oregon, they also made View-Master's.
Not true. The A.C. Gilbert Company factory was located in New Haven, CT. Viewmaster has nothing to do with the A.C. Gilbert Company.
A.C. Gilbert was born in Oregon and attended Pacific University. However, he transferred to and graduated from Yale University in New Haven, CT.
Mysto Manufacturing was founded in New Haven, CT and later became the A.C. Gilbert Company. New Haven is where Erector sets were manufactured.
Thank you for the correction. I knew Gilbert's Oregon connection and was thinking the two were connected.
Quite some time back, as in 15-20 years, there was a big write up in the local dish-rag about some relative of his who still lived in the area. This person had the Erector Set collection from heaven and took grat pride in being related to the man.