The A.C Gilbert Company was a toy company well known up through the 1950s. I have fond memories of their products from American Flyer electric trains and Erector sets, both of which I still have, to chemistry and electrical sets now long gone.
A boy could build, experiment and dream of the future while learning all about how technical things worked. This ad is a cross section of some of the products offered around 1920. All of these were very hands on and just what a young engineer would like.
This is a good example of the kind of ad often seen in and the target audience for Everyday Engineering.
Gilbert Chemical and Electrical Outfits
Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless Sets
The wonders of electricity and chemistry – the things that have made the reputation of Edison, Bell, Marconi and other great men – can be learned by the boy who has a Gilbert telephone, telegraph or wireless set, or an electrical or chemistry outfit. New discoveries and inventions, as great as those of the past, are going to be made by boys who commence to study these things now. They are going to be the Edisons of tomorrow. These Gilbert sets are practical working outfits with which you can learn a great deal, and at the same time have great fun.
Perform Experiments Learn the Secrets of Electricity
GILBERT CHEMISTRY OUTFITS-A real wonder set with chemistry manual and laboratory apparatus. With it you can make disappearing ink, fire without matches, pour milk from a bottle full of water, make soap and many other things. Prices $2.50 to $5.00. In Canada $3.75 to $7.50.
GILBERT ELECTRICAL SETS-Complete with manual. With it you can make your own electric motor, do electroplating, install electric bells, wire for telephones, etc. Sets from $1 to $10. In Canada $1.50 to $15.00.
GILBERT TELE-SET-A complete working telegraph outfit and manual of instructions. Price $2.50. In Canada $3.75.
GILBERT PHONO-SET-A practical electrically operated telephone set that can be used from house to house or over longer distances. Price $5.00. In Canada $7.50.
The Gilbert Sets are thoroughly made and are for sale by all dealers. Write for the Gilbert Catalog which illustrates and describes fully these and many other Gilbert Toys. Prices subject to change without notice.
The A. C. Gilbert Co.
434 Blatchley Avenue, New Haven, Conn.
In Canada: The A. C. Gilbert-Menzies Co., Limited 439 W. King Street, Toronto, Ontario