On page 511 of the Sears 1969 Christmas
Wish Book are a few Erector Sets. This was probably the year (±a few) that I got my first
Erector Set. It had quite a lot of parts, including a motor. Although I already had a
natural interest, it was gifts like this that helped nurture what would become a life-long
pursuit of things mechanical and electrical, eventually leading to my earning an electrical
is my son, Philip, with a helicopter that I built for him from an Erector Set we gave
him for Christmas back around 1990. To the right is Erector Set #3, similar to the one
I received for Christmas in 1969, that I bought on eBay.
Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics'
to see what items cost in today's dollars. That $16.99 Erector Set would cost $101.25
in 2010 money.
See the Gilbert Erector Set advertisement in the December
1935 issue of
Erector Sets from the 1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book --->>>
Having been a typical kid in the 1960s and '70s,
I had an Erector Set.
It was Set 3 per my memory, based on remembering the box lid picture. You might recall
a set or two of your own. Alfred Carlton Gilbert founded the A.C. Gilbert company in
1909 in Westville, Connecticut, and produced many varieties of Erector Sets, as well
as other educational hobby items like chemistry sets (I had one of those, too). The
A.C. Gilbert Engineering Society
website has a really nice history on the company and lots of photos - including likely
one of the Erector Set your parents gave you ...
Posted November 20, 2010