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Chemistry Set
1950s

"Fun With Gilbert Chemistry"
For his science kits, Erector Sets, and chemistry sets, toy inventor Alfred Carlton Gilbert was dubbed "the man who saved Christmas." By making science fun, Gilbert's educational toys provided welcome entertainment for rainy afternoons and propelled many a youngster to a career in science. This chemistry set--with its open display of shelves of chemicals and its racks of equipment--dates from about 1950.

Notes
Albert Carlton Gilbert created toys from 1909 until his death in 1961.
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Learn more!
· "Hello Boys! Become an Erector Master Engineer!" by Bruce Watson, "Smithsonian" magazine, April 1999
· A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society

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