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
  • Promote the Heritage Society by educating the public and by sharing the works of our members
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.

April 14, 2014 · by David Gilbert · News

If you are an ACGHS member, and you received an e-mail from the “acghs.WebMaster” over this past weekend, but did not receive a separate e-mail with your username and password, fear not. You have been successfully registered. To retrieve your password, just follow this link to the site’s login page. Click on “Lost your password?” below the login form. Enter your e-mail address, which is the same as your Username, and then click on “Get New Password”. A new password will be e-mailed to you shortly.

If you did not receive an e-mail over the weekend from the “acghs.WebMaster”, and you are an ACGHS member, please contact the ACGHS Webmaster. Thanks!

April 12, 2014 · by David Gilbert · News

Welcome to the new A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society Web site. The ACGHS “Members Only” password listed in the last newsletter will not work on this Web site. New usernames and passwords were e-mailed to members who have provided an e-mail address on April 12th. If you did not receive a password, or if you have not provided the Society with your e-mail address, please contact the ACGHS Webmaster.

Note that you will need to provide an e-mail address to login to this new site to access your Members Only content. If you do not have an e-mail address, or wish to keep your ACGHS business separate from your regular e-mail account, you can always set up a separate and free e-mail account. Learn more about free e-mail services here.

Unlike our old Web site, Members Only content on the new site is integrated throughout the site, and is identified in the main navigation above by an asterisk ( * ). Once you login to the site, you will be able to access all this Members Only content. In addition, if you check “Remember Me” when you login, the site will remember you the next time you access the site (from the same computer), so you don’t have to keep re-entering your username and password. Finally, remember that you can update your profile at any time by selecting the “Howdy [your username]” link in the upper right corner of the page.

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