Alfred Carlton Gilbert

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Birthday
15, 1884
Birthplace
Oregon
Death Date
Jan 24, 1961 (76)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
15, 1884
Birthplace
Oregon
Death Date
Jan 24, 1961 (76)

About

Inventor of the Erector Set. He created an educational toy that was present in almost every household with children.

Before Fame

He was already an aspiring toymaker, selling magic kits, when he was inspired by the sight of workers installing steel beams for an electrical line.

Trivia

His Mysto Erector Structural Steel Builder, introduced in 1913, was only one of several educational toys he would come up with. Others included glass-blowing kits, a chemistry set, and a real Atomic Energy Lab complete with radioactive elements.

Family Life

His family raised him in Salem, Oregon.

Associated With

He was portrayed by Jason Alexander in the television movie The Man Who Saved Christmas from 2002.