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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, Connecticut. These include Erector sets, chemistry sets, microscopes, 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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April 16, 2014 · by Michael Foster · Erector Sets
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1929 Zeppelin Set

In February of 2011 I participated in the Bill Bean Stout auction and was very fortunate to be the winning bidder of the 1929 No. 8 Zeppelin set from Bill’s collection that is pictured in Greenberg’s Guide to Gilbert Erector Sets, Volume one on page 105.  Needless to say, I’m quite proud of the set and it has become one of my prized sets.

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Mysterious Mooring Mast parts

When I received the Zeppelin set, there were 2 large black steel tubes and a round base included which I could not find on any inventory sheets I had. Nothing in the instructions referred to them either.  I put the 3 mystery parts together (they screwed together perfectly) and it appeared to me as if this was some kind of alternate “Mooring Mast” for the Zeppelin, as the support rod fit perfectly also into the pipe. Note:  The round black base has the mark “HAYS” on it, if that is a clue to anyone.

I was puzzled and wanted clarification, so I felt it necessary to contact Bill to see if he could shed some light on the mystery parts. Bill explained this was an interesting story. If you look at the graphic inside the Zeppelin box lid at the Mooring Mast you will notice the 3 mystery parts are in the picture.  Bill said he purchased the set from Ted Howard who got it from the original owner and the original owner stated those parts were in the set when he received it from A.C. Gilberts’ factory.

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Mooring mast detail from internal lid graphic

This begs the question, were these parts included in any other Zeppelin sets or was this a one-time experiment by A.C.? Perhaps these were test parts and put in this set by mistake? If you have any knowledge of these parts or have them in your sets, please post a reply.

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

The 4th Annual Toy Steam Engine & Erector Set Show will be at the National NY Central Railroad Museum, 721 S. Main St. Elkhart, Indiana on Saturday, May 3, 2014 (10 AM -5 PM). Contact ACGHS member Richard Leach if you need information. See our Calendar of Events

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 12, 2014 for our annual A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society National Convention. For the first time ever, members will be treated to the hospitality of the old South in historic Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more about the 2014 ACGHS National Convention

February 22, 2014 · by David Gilbert · News

Members Only: In addition to our tried and true Membership Directory in Excel format, you can also now browse a Summary Directory of members by last name, city, state or even country (yes, we do have some international members!) Alternately, you can browse a directory of Members by Region or Gilbert Product Interests. Note that these directories are only accessible to members of the A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society.

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