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As the story goes, Alfred C. Gilbert invented the Erector sets by observing the steel work along the New York, New Haven Railroad, in 1913. Although there were other metal construction toys available, the most prominent of which was Meccas made by Hornby in England. Gilbert along with John Petrie had started the Mysto Magic Co. in 1909. Gilbert, a graduate of Yale Medical School, had won a gold medal for pole vaulting in the 1908 Olympics in England.
Most of the available metal construction sets were simply pulleys, gears, and varying lengths of metal strips with holes evenly spaced on them. Metal construction sets were very popular, especially with boys. Gilbert had what he saw as a better idea. He wanted something more sturdy, and what he came up with was a way of making a ridged square girder. And so the Erector set was born. Gilbert's Erector sets also included the pulleys, gears and wheels,but it also had wider strips, triangles and other shapes. The main girder was formed by 4 strips held together by only 2 screws to form a very sturdy square girder. The first sets were numbered 1 to 8, the higher the number, the more parts to make more things. The smaller less expensive sets came in cardboard boxes, more expensive sets were in sturdy wooden boxes. Also included in the large sets was an electric motor. More....
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