Chemistry Set

Chemistry Set

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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 A. C. Gilbert Chemistry Set, which dates from around 1950, contains test tubes, test tube racks, jars of chemicals, and a “Fun with Gilbert CHEMISTRY” booklet.
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).
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Object Name
Chemistry Set
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
chemicals (overall material)
blue (overall color)
black (overall color)
white (overall color)
red (overall color)
average spatial: 11 in x 9 1/4 in x 4 in; 27.94 cm x 23.495 cm x 10.16 cm
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National Museum of American History
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