Toys: Just a Boy

For two generations of American boys, the name of A. C. (for Alfred Carlton) Gilbert has evoked the magic of discovery and invention. The firm that Gilbert founded and built into the nation's leading maker of scientific and educational toys, New Haven's A. C. Gilbert Co., pours forth a whole world of challenging and instructive toys that range from his famous Erector set and American Flyer scale-model electric trains to compact lessons in chemistry, biology and physics. Far more than a successful businessman (his firm now sells $13 million a year in...

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