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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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March 24, 2016 · by David Gilbert · News

Select the Comments link above for additional Gilbert Exchange questions and comments. Items posted to The Gilbert Exchange will be removed after 30 days.

Alex Dominguez writes (July 13, 2017):

I’m curious when someone will be listing any of the early Type I Erector Set manuals. So far I’ve been pretty disappointed in the lack of help from fellow “members” wanting to help out new members. I’m fairly new to collecting. I have a ton of the 30s through 50s sets and have all the manuals for those, but recently started collecting the original sets. I’ve got about 4 or 5 box sets but no manuals for any of them. I’ve posted multiple comments here on the Gilbert Exchange reaching out to members, but no one seems to want to help.

I’m a young and new collector and have read every monthly news booklets you’ve sent and the consistent statement over and over again is your trying to get more younger collectors to keep the torch going but the frustration comes when none of the veteran members are willing to reach out and help. I’ve offered to pay, offered to do whatever and still not one response. I’m sorry for venting out my frustration, it’s just the Society wants to keep this going but I don’t see how I’ll want to re subscribe next year for lack of response from any members. Do you guys only talk to each other, just looking for a branch to reach out. Not looking for a handout, just looking for information so I know what I need to be looking for when I buy and collect the older box sets. With so many parts it’s easy to be scanned on parts you’re just not sure of. I’ve used the gallery to view some parts but that only goes so far.

All I’m asking is if someone can list just one of the older manuals from the very first Erector sets. It just seems like it’s a hidden secret. It’s hard to find anywhere out there to buy an original manual and I’m pretty sure most members have those sets. Just need anyone to post one in our members area or get in contact with me and sell me one or sell me a scan of one. I again apologize for the venting, I’m just new to the society and was extremely excited to join but have been recently been loosing that excitement lately. Please let me know if there’s anyone that can help with a what I feel is a very simple request. Alex Dominguez (alexandlaura05@msn.com).

January 24, 2017 · by David Gilbert · Events, News

The 2017 National Convention took place on July 7, 8, and 9 in Huntsville, Alabama. By all accounts, it was an excellent convention and magnificent event. Kudos to convention hosts Joe and Beth Grobmyer. Stay tuned for information on the 2018 National Convention, which will be hosted by Ken Weinig in the towns of Rumney and Plymouth, New Hampshire.

See over 170 photos of our 2016 National Convention in Elk Grove, Illinois. Thanks to Jeff Brown of All Events Photography for sharing his photos! Visit our National Convention page to learn more about all our recent ACGHS National Conventions.

The 2nd Annual New England Regional Meet will take place on Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT. Learn more about this event on our Calendar of Events page.

The 2017 Fall Midwest Regional Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 23 at the Racine, Wisconsin campus of Gateway Technical College. Learn more about this event on our Calendar of Events page.

May 1, 2017 · by David Gilbert · Appliances, News

Guy Lanza recently sent us a photograph of a combination record player and television set which he saw in a museum in Tyumen, Siberia. We’re sharing Guy’s photographs below. According to the label, the appliance was manufactured by the A.C. Gilbert Company of New Haven, Connecticut. Our thanks to Guy for sharing this.

1925 Phonograph

1925 Phonograph

Label for 1925 Phonograph

Label for 1925 Phonograph

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