Lionel American Flyer S Gauge Pike-Master Switches 2/1

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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 13, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

TWO Gilbert American S Gauge Pike-Master Remote Control Switches with ORIGINAL paperwork!

The A. C. Gilbert Company was an American toy company, once one of the largest toy companies in the world. It is best known for introducing the Erector Set (a construction toy similar to Meccano in the rest of the world) to the marketplace.

Gilbert was founded in 1909 in Westville, Connecticut , originally as a company providing supplies for magic ( Alfred Carlton Gilbert was a magician). Gilbert invented Erector in 1911, inspired by railroad girders, and the construction toy was introduced two years later.

In 1929, Gilbert bought the US company producing Meccano, which had ben setup in 1913 by the British parent, and continued production as "American Meccano" until 1938.

By 1935, Gilbert was also producing microscopes.

In 1938, Gilbert purchased American Flyer , a struggling manufacturer of toy trains . Gilbert re-designed the entire product line, producing 1:64 scale trains running on O gauge track. Although these are sometimes referred to as S scale or S gauge trains, they are technically O27. At the same time, Gilbert introduced a line of HO scale trains, which were primarily marketed under the brand name Gilbert HO . Gilbert was the largest employer in New Haven from the early 1930s to the late 1950s employing more than 5000 in 3 shifts at its Sound
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