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We are a group of collectors who focus on products produced by and information about the former A.C. Gilbert Company of New Haven, Conn. These include Erector sets, chemistry sets, American Flyer trains, and many others products. Our goals are to showcase and celebrate the works of A.C. Gilbert, and promote the Heritage Society by educating the public and by sharing the works of our members.

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February 20, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Events, News

The 2016 Fall Midwest Regional Meeting is scheduled for September 24, 2016 at the Kenosha Campus of Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin. More information will be furnished in the September ACGHS newsletter in additional to invitations sent to Midwest Regional members.  As always members from all regions are welcome. Learn more on our Calendar of Events page.

The Fourth Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Meet is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Decatur Street, Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Tables are available at this time, but please contact Den Cannon at cannoncrew1@verizon.net to reserve. More details to follow, but make a note of this event and we’ll see you there. Learn more on our Calendar of Events page.

Visit our National Convention page to learn more about all our recent ACGHS National Conventions.

March 24, 2016 · by David Gilbert · News

Ted Leonard writes (September 23, 2016):

I recently acquired a vintage Erector set for which I can find no information. I emailed “Doc” at Girders & Gears. I also attached a couple of photos of the set. I would have included them with this message, but could find no way to do so. Doc responded that he didn’t recognize the set. I am hoping that you can offer some help. The set comes packaged in a metal blue and white tool box type case. The builder guide, which I “believe” goes with this set has a date of 1975. If you would like to see some photos I would be glad to send them if you would provide a means of doing so. Thank you for any help. Ted Leonard (Ted@PaysonRealtor.com).

Tim Schoenenberger writes (September 19, 2016):

Hello, I was hoping to use Erector sets to make a neat  AF layout. I had some  personal issues and now this won’t be happening. I’m wandering now how to sell the sets and items, or maybe exchange the sets for one good 10/12 set for my grandson. Any ideas on how to do that? I’m going to look through your site, maybe I can get other ideas. Thanks for any info. Tim Schoenenberger, central Ohio (tds12054@gmail.com).

Bill Reagan writes (September 4, 2016):

I am restoring number 8 1/2 Erector set. I need a reproduction label for inside of the lid, and the round label for outside of the lid. Do you know anyone who sells these reproductions? Thanks, Bill (billreagan1@hotmail.com).

Robert S. Bruns writes (September 4, 2016):

I have a 1945, 9 1/2 Erector Set that is 95% complete that I want to give to my great grandson, but I am missing the instruction manual. My brother and I received the set for Christmas in 1945. Could you give any help as to where I might obtain a photo or PDF copy?  Would the Library of Congress have these and how would you find out? Thanks, Robert S. Bruns (robert83134@gmail.com).

Donna writes (August 26, 2016):

My husband has a 1958 Gilbert Microscope set in the metal case. Any interest? We live in Wisconsin. Donna (donnastehling@gmail.com).

Richard Fisher writes (August 25, 2016):

Hi, I am seeking any and all information on the James Bond 007 figures, sets, road race set, and related toys that Gilbert started producing in 1965. I hope to gather enough photos and information to write any article on the toys for “Playset Magazine”. Yours, Rich Fisher (richfisher@zoominternet.net).

James writes (August 23, 2016):

No. 7 Erector Set: I’m trying to sell an older model No. 7 Erector set. I have no idea what its value is because there aren’t any like this. It’s in a wooden box with a 7 stamped on the inside. Parts are missing but there are still many pieces. Please let me know if you have any information on it. James (jay5870@icloud.com).

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July 14, 2016 · by David Gilbert · News
Ray Rosebush (left) with Ken Weinig at the July 12, 2014 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society Convention in Atlanta.

Ray Rosebush (left) with Ken Weinig at the July 12, 2014 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society Convention in Atlanta.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Ray Rosebush, a charter member of  the A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society and a great friend and colleague to all of us. Ray possessed one of the Society’s most extensive collections of Erector Sets as well at a magnificent toy collection. He was a steadfast supporter of the legacy of A.C. Gilbert, and one of the nicest persons I have ever met. Read Ray’s obituary here.

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