The Mysto Erector Structural Steel Builder Play Set, 1915

Summary

During the early 20th century, older boys' toys reflected the modern world of science and technology. The engineer was the new ideal for boys. A.C. Gilbert's Erector Set, introduced in 1913, inspired boys to build dozens of structures using girders, panels, wheels, pulleys, gears, and small electric motors. This beginner's set introduced boys to skills they would need in the working world.

During the early 20th century, older boys' toys reflected the modern world of science and technology. The engineer was the new ideal for boys. A.C. Gilbert's Erector Set, introduced in 1913, inspired boys to build dozens of structures using girders, panels, wheels, pulleys, gears, and small electric motors. This beginner's set introduced boys to skills they would need in the working world.

Artifact

Erector Set (TM)

Date Made

1915

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2003.101.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Steel (Alloy)
Paper (Fiber product)

Dimensions

Height: 1.25 in

Width: 8.75 in

Length: 12.25 in

Inscriptions

lid of box: THE MYSTO ERECTOR / STRUCTURAL STEEL BUILDER / MYSTO MFG. CO. / NEW HAVEN, CONN. / NO. 1 / THE TOY - WHOSE GIRDERS RESEMBLE STRUCTURAL STEEL cover of instruction manual: MANUAL OF INSTRUCTION / PART 1 / ERECTOR / THE TOY LIKE STRUCTURAL STEEL / ITS POPULARITY IS TH E WONDER OF THE TOY WORLD / MAKES MORE MODELS / BUILDS BIGGER MODELS / HAS MORE PARTS FOR YOUR MONEY THAN ANY SIMILAR TOY ...

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