A. C. Gilbert Chemstry Set

A. C. Gilbert Chemstry 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, which Gilbert introduced in 1913, was amazingly successful. Chemistry sets followed soon thereafter. This set may date from the 1950s.
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 Case
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 14 in x 9 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 35.56 cm x 24.13 cm x 4.445 cm
overall: 13 13/16 in x 9 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 35.08375 cm x 23.8125 cm x 4.445 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mae Deal
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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