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Alfred Carlton Gilbert
Birth: Feb. 15, 1884
Salem
Marion County
Oregon, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1961
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

A. C. Gilbert is best known as the inventor of the Erector Set. Aside from being an inventor, he had many other impressive achievements throughout his life. He was a gold medal winning pole vaulter at the 1908 Olympics in London and is credited with creating the modern pole vaulter's "box." Gilbert was well known as an outdoorsman and big game hunter. While a medical student at Yale University, he came to be known as an accomplished magician. Upon graduating Yale in 1909, he decided not to practice medicine, deciding instead to produce magic sets with a partner. This company was known as the Mysto Manufacturing Co., which eventually became the A. C. Gilbert Company, with its headquarters at Erector Square in New Haven, Connecticut. Gilbert was one of the original founders and the first president of the Toy Manufacturers of America. The A. C. Gilbert Company quickly became the leader in boys' construction sets and scientific toys. They also made a wide variety of small motorized appliances and eventually purchased the American Flyer line of toy trains. At one point Gilbert was the number one producer of fractional horsepower motors in the world. Gilbert first introduced his famous Erector Sets at the 1913 Toy Fair in New York City. More than 30 million were sold over the next 50 years. A. C. Gilbert was known for his innovative advertising. He was recognized for originating many employee benefits now widely accepted in the workplace. The A. C. Gilbert Company closed a few years after Gilbert's death in 1961, but great interest in his toys lives on today. (bio by: Frank J. Leskovitz) 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank Newton Gilbert (1848 - 1916)
  Charlotte Ann Hovenden Gilbert (1860 - 1952)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Thompson Gilbert (1884 - 1968)*
 
 Children:
  Alfred Carlton Gilbert (1919 - 1964)*
 
 Siblings:
  Harold Simeon Gilbert (1882 - 1954)*
  Alfred Carlton Gilbert (1884 - 1961)
  Frank Wellington Gilbert (1891 - 1968)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Beaverdale Memorial Park
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: Section C, Slot 48, Grave 5
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Frank J. Leskovitz
Record added: Feb 27, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6220433
Alfred Carlton Gilbert
Added by: Frank J. Leskovitz
 
Alfred Carlton Gilbert
Added by: Frank J. Leskovitz
 
Alfred Carlton Gilbert
Added by: Frank J. Leskovitz
 
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