I bought a 1969 edition of the Sears, Roebuck &
Co.'s Christmas Wish Book on eBay. It was the year I turned 11 years old, and was also the year of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Remembering
how I eagerly awaited those pages filled with advertisements for model airplanes, boats, guns, Erector sets, and countless other things, I figured
it might be nice to look through one again. Here is the 1969 Montgomery Ward
, too. Enjoy!
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 engineering degree.
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
See the Gilbert Erector Set advertisement in the December
1935 issue of
Erector Sets from the 1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book
Posted November 20, 2010