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
Posted November 20, 2010