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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Whee. Yippee. Yahoo.

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Whee. Yippee. Yahoo.

"Fall 1939." Little boy with what looks like a motorized Erector set. Another snapshot I found on eBay. View full size. Where are you now, kid?

 

Toy Boy

He reminds me of my cousin who would spend HOURS zipping and unzipping our suitcases when we came to visit. He wanted to know how they worked. He's in engineering now.

Sailor Suit

When I was a kid, about 5 years younger, I had a sailor suit and a soldier's khaki uniform ... later I joined the Coast Guard

A. C. Gilbert

manufacturer of Erector Sets and American Flyer trains...

Wish I'd had this set!

The tower struts and flat strapping look very familiar but the angled struts at the top are different than the erector set I had. Must be unique to this set. Oh yeah, the sets had electric motor(s) included because I recall making a helicopter with rotating main and tail rotors. My fingers got sore from all those square nuts and my screwdriver kept slipping out of those slotted head bolts! An ever-popular creation was an elevator. I'd spread the leaves on Mom's kitchen table and that way it was a long lift from the floor. Did the same thing with tinkertoys.

I want my old toys back

Back in the good old days, if you wanted a Transformer you had to make one, and that was the fun of it. I think we were smarter for it.

Retired..

..from some sort of engineering job, if I had a guess.

High Voltage!!!

This ain't no battery powered job, is it. An all metal toy assembled by an 8 year old and powered by a 120 volt DC motor. No wonder his hair is kind of standing on end!

Grand memories

I remember every piece on that Erector Set. I loved these sets as a kid and had many of them. Ahh... memories!

 
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