A. C. Gilbert Company
The A. C. Gilbert Company was an American toy company, once one of the largest toy companies in the world. It is best known for introducing the Erector Set (a construction toy similar to Meccano in the rest of the world) to the marketplace.
Gilbert was founded in 1909 in Westville, Connecticut, originally as a company providing supplies for magic (Alfred Carlton Gilbert was a magician). Gilbert invented Erector in 1911, inspired by railroad girders, and the construction toy was introduced two years later.
In 1929, Gilbert bought the US company producing Meccano, which had been setup in 1913 by the British parent, and continued production as "American Meccano" until 1938.
By 1935, Gilbert was also producing microscopes.
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