Gilbert Chemistry Outfit


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, which Gilbert introduced in 1913, was amazingly successful. Chemistry sets followed soon thereafter. This chemistry set dates from 1946 or later.

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: 1946

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Kent C. Boese

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1999.0249.01Accession Number: 1999.0249Catalog Number: 1999.0249.01

Object Name: Chemistry Set

Measurements: overall: 11 in x 9 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 23.495 cm x 6.35 cmoverall: 2 9/16 in x 11 in x 9 3/8 in; 6.50875 cm x 27.94 cm x 23.8125 cm


Record Id: nmah_553289

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