It was invented in by a doctor named Alfred Carlton Gilbert, who envisioned it as a toy that would teach children how buildings are made and how motors work [source: Erector ]. The sets came with electric motors and hundreds of parts, including girders, gears and wheels, which could be combined to construct structures like drilling rigs, elevator lifts, Ferris wheels, helicopters, and bridges that promised to hold up to pounds 90 kilograms [source: Erector ]. Erector sets were originally marketed solely and unapologetically to boyswith ads featuring fathers and sons admiring towering structures with girders that "resemble structural steel.
Tweet This! This time, I want to detail for you the history of the Erector Electric Motor, which is a long and convoluted one. Gilbert, being the visionary that he was, recognized from the beginning that providing a means of animating models built with his new Erector sets would give them an added realism that would elevate them beyond the level of mere toys.
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Big Bob's Erector Emporium. OK -so I'm not that big and it isn't exactly an Emporium, but I do collect erector sets. I started around 10 years ago - buying my first one from e-bay on April 22,
It came in a sturdy metal box painted bright red, and was the start of my lifetime passion to build things. Back then, there were many different sizes of Erector sets, from the simple No. Each version had more and different parts, and included the most fantastic manuals with dozens of beautiful illustrations of the exciting things to build like lift bridges, beam engines, drilling rigs, and the ultimate Giant Ferris Wheel.
Or lost parts? Or stored it in the basement or garage where it proceeded to rust? We did all three, and are we sorry now, because auction prices for this classic "toy" have been climbing steadily as supply of the vintage sets has diminished.
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This has been one of my continuing interests from childhood through my current senescence. So, it's time to share what I have learned with you. Before we move on and to accomodate folks coming in from Search Engines with a specific purposehere are links to topics covered on this report.
Inthe company was reorganized as the A. Gilbert Company. The brand continued its independent existence under various corporate ownerships untilwhen Meccano bought the Erector brand and consolidated its worldwide marketing with its own brand. The coverage here focuses on the historical legacy of the classic Erector Set; for current developments under the " Erector by Meccano " brand name, see the Meccano article.