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!
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”.