I have always been a bit of an arm chair general. I loved watching war movies, reading about the strategies, and playing war games. I remember seeing these in the catalog back in the 70s and I thought they would be cool to have, but I have to be honest. I did not have that skill set at that age to be able to do something this nice.
Erector sets have been sold by Alfred Carlton Gilbert since 1913. He came up with the idea during a train ride, when he saw steel girders being erected for power lines. They were one of the first toys that you were able to build something with, then tear it down and use the pieces to build something else.
From 1933 to 1962 the boxes that the sets came in where made of steel.
Gilbert died in 1961. The company went into decline and filed bankruptcy in 1967. The rights now belong to a french company called “Meccano”.
The most sought out erector set is the Number 10 from 1931. It weighs in at an amazing 25 lbs!
This is an ad from 1922 that was posted on Wiki. Look at how big this set was!
Wooo!, this racing set has 54′ feet of track and it’s lighted.
It also comes with a lane changer, lap counter, and a High-bank curve. Even the cars have working headlights. This is a huge set with a huge price to go with it. $49.88 was a lot of money in 1976.
I didn’t have these.
I probably would have killed for those. You might have even been able to get me to wear a leisure suit for a week straight. Battlestar Galactica ruled.
Here are some more Lincoln Log sets from 1977.
There are several speculations from where the name came from. K’NEX (who currently manufactures them) says they were named Lincoln Logs during WWI do to the strong patriotism in our country at that time. Others say that the inventor’s (Frank Loyd Wright) real name was Frank Lincoln Wright. A few also say that name came from the fact you link the logs together, or “linkin” logs.
I lean towards the K’NEX explanation. It makes sense being that the 1st two cabins manufactured in 1918 where “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “Lincoln’s Cabin”.
This looks like a decent detailed set for the price. The buildings look nice and the figurines are colored.
I do find it odd that the wagon train set has only one wagon. I am thinking that the word train would imply more than one. 😛
Here is a cap gun set which appears to be based off of The Lone Ranger series
Matchbox Super Garage from Wards 1978. I think I remember a commercial from this but I couldn’t dig one up.
My brother and I had a few Matchbox cars but we didn’t have any of the play sets. Was this one of your favorite toys?
We had a few of these when we were kids. I don’t remember which ones, I just remember that the teeth on the T stick would keep breaking.
I really enjoy looking thru old Wishbooks. No matter how many times I have looked thru them, something new always catches my eye. That was the case for Tiny Might Mo. I came across this ad and it triggered a memory about watching Might Mo commercials on Saturday mornings.
(Another catchy tune that you will probably thank me for later. )
I am fairly certain that I remember a commercial for the jeep too.