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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 2015 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society National Convention will be held on Saturday, July 25 at the Holiday Inn St. Louis – South County Center in St. Louis, Missouri. To view all the Convention details and retrieve a Convention Registration Form, visit the 2015 ACGHS National Convention page.

The 2014 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, July 12 was a resounding success. Kudos to organizers Tom Lindsey and Randy Sauder, who did a stellar job organizing the event. See photos from the 2014 National Convention.

June 7, 2014 · by David Gilbert · News

Owen Resh asks (May 12, 2015):

I have what I think are the original paintings for the covers of the Astrocrane and Astrodigger boxes. They appear to be water color or gouache. They are both signed by Frank Tinsley. How do I determine what they are worth? Owen Resh (owen.resh@akerwade.com).

Christel Hudelson writes (April 15, 2015):

I have a “Ring A Peg” game by The  A.C. Gilbert Co. and haven’t been able to find any information on it. I am hoping you can lead me in the right direction. Thank you. Christel (chudelson@att.net).

Reda Jones asks (April 11, 2015):

I have a microscope and lab set. A Gilbert Career- Building Science Set with all pieces no.13025 60-90-400 power electric microscope and lab set with 3-way electric plug in light. Please contact me. I would like to know what it’s worth. Thanks so much, Reda Jones (rj.nana.of3@gmail.com).

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

March 14, 2015 · by David Gilbert · Cranes & Derricks, Erector Sets, Williams, Russell

Before building this crane, I looked at several crane designs on the Internet and incorporated some of the designs in my model. I have given my crane the name “The Mammoth Crane”, representing the new generation of 200,000 ton heavy lift cranes. These are cranes which are platform twin-rig containerized. In the PTC design of these cranes the boom height is as high as 587 feet. In addition, these cranes can lift in excess of 3,500 tons.

My super heavy lift crane weighs about 125 pounds. Over recent months I have taken it through a number of tests. Upon performing a heavy lift test in August 2014 I successfully lifted 40 pounds. This was done with the use of 5 gallon milk jugs filled with water. The boom height of my crane is 8 feet and it has 4 two-speed hoists and 5 motors.

– Russell Williams, March 8, 2015

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