Chemistry Set


Alfred Carlton Gilbert (1884-1961) was an athlete, inventor, and co-founder of the Mysto-Manufacturing Co, a firm that became the A. C. Gilbert Co. in 1916. The Erector Set, introduced in 1913, was amazingly successful, as were the chemistry sets that followed soon thereafter. This "Chemistry Set for Boys" is dated 1936.

Ref: “A. C. Gilbert Dead; Invented Erector Set,” New York Times (Jan. 25, 1961), pp. 1 and 33.

Bruce Watson, The Man Who Changed How Boys and Toys Were Made (New York, 2002).

Rebecca Onion, Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Popular Science in the United States (2016).

Date Made: 1936

Maker: A.C. Gilbert Company

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0221.01Accession Number: 1992.0221Catalog Number: 1992.0221.01

Object Name: Chemistry Set

Physical Description: paper, cardboard (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 34.3 cm x 24.1 cm x 3.8 cm; 13 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in x 1 1/2 inoverall: 1 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in x 9 5/8 in; 3.81 cm x 34.29 cm x 24.4475 cm


Record Id: nmah_332424

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