This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The AC Gilbert Hudson No.8 Erector Set (History Lesson Included)
Sunday, September 28, 2014 Continued exceptional autumn weather Sunny, mild winds, and hot
The AC Gilbert
Hudson No. 8 Erector Set
(History Lesson Included)
After I wrote the recent Marklin posts about their construction kits, I decided to see what other companies of the era had also manufactured similar items. The Marklin item were fine cars models of the era (1930's). However they were unique in the sense that they came in pieces and had to be built. Once built, the toy could be played with. Manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and reading lessons to build the toy, and fun later!
As I was to find out in this post, AC Gilbert built a fine Erector set, but their entry was a locomotive and tender.A tender is the train car that contains the coal for powering the steam engine locomotive. For those who don't already know, or who haven't read my posts about Stout Auctions, the company's logo is "America's Premier Toy train Auction Company". If you ever want to learn about toy trains, this is the place to go to, as I already know, but experienced in today's post. Not only have they sold lots and lots of trains, but they also have an encyclopaedic knowledge to share.
What's most interesting is to read the written descriptions for the different auctions that these photos are from. By assembling them in chronological order (early to later years), I was able to present a brief history of the AC Gilbert No. 8 Hudson Erector Set.
There are many more sets that Stout Auctions have sold over the years, but I selected just 5 nice items to present today. What's interesting to note are the subtle changes both to the case that the toy came in, as well as subtle changes to the engine parts.
Today's post was fun to write because of the nice photography and the ability to see a toy that came with lots of detail. As well, the well-written descriptions provided me and I hope to you, my readers a nice history lesson!