November 18, 2014 · by David Gilbert · News
The Man Who Lives in Paradise

The Man Who Lives in Paradise

As the publisher of Lucky Penny Publishing and the great granddaughter of A.C. Gilbert, I am pleased to offer the eBook version of his autobiography, The Man Who Lives in Paradise, for your eReader library. As a child I was told stories about my great grandfather and knew he was an Olympic athlete. From a young age, I believed if he could do it, I could do it.

The ebook version of The Man Who Lives in Paradise, originally published in print in 1954, is now available for $9.99 at Lucky Penny Press. $2 of every sale benefits the A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society.

We thank you for your support of our new publishing company and for keeping the legacy and spirit of A.C. Gilbert alive.

Melissa Marsted – Founder and Publisher of Lucky Penny Publishing; Mother of William Gilbert Bermant; Daughter of Jeffrey Gilbert Marsted; Granddaughter of Lucretia Gilbert Rowbottom; Great, Great Granddaughter of A.C. Gilbert.

The Man Who Lives in Paradise
The Autobiography of A.C. Gilbert with Marshal McClintock
ISBN: 978-1-938136-44-3
Format: PDF
Also available on iTunes

June 7, 2014 · by David Gilbert · News

Richard Hooper asks (December 15, 2014):

What is the consensus about restoring 1920s wooden box sets? I’ve just acquired 6 of these sets and want to know what to do with them.  Should I leave parts as is or repaint and/or clean them;  keep damaged inserts or make new ones; replace useless nails with screws and nuts; etc.? Thanks, Richard Hooper (

Christine Howe writes (November 29, 2014):

I have a Gilbert Moonscope & Lunar Globe – unopened. Wanting to sell it. Cannot find it listed anywhere on the Internet. Do you know anyone who may be interested? Thanks, Christine Howe, Illinois (

Doug McComber asks (November 26, 2014):

A co-worker gave me an Erector set that his son had received several years ago and never used. They lost the manual and it is not available on the manufacturer’s website. I was wondering if it might be in your library? The set is “213071 Special Edition Dual Motor Designer Set”. Sincerely, Doug McComber, Kingston, Nova Scotia (

Steven Olson asks (November 22, 2014):

Is there an assembly drawing and parts lists of the Sound Effects mechanism? I’ve got some parts and need to know how to put it together, as well as determine what parts I still need. Thanks, Steve Olson (

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February 20, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Events, News

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

The ACGHS 2015 Spring Midwest Regional meeting is scheduled for April 11, 2015 at the Faith Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette, IN, from 8:00 – 12:00 noon. The meeting is being hosted by Marilyn and Ruth Hirth. Invitations with maps and details will be sent to the Midwest Region members, but  members from any other regions and their guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.  As in past years, anyone in town on Friday evening is invited to the Golden Corral between 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm for an informal gathering.  For more information, contact Dr. Marilyn Hirth at

The 2015 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society National Convention will be held on Saturday, July 25 in St. Louis, Missouri. Stay tuned for news and updates for the 2015 Convention.

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