Why Famous: Gilbert invented the Erector Set in 1913, a construction toy that eventually became one of the most popular toys of all time. When the US considered a ban on toy production during World War I in 1918, Gilbert successfully argued against it, becoming known as "the man who saved Christmas."
Best known for the Erector Set, Gilbert had more than 150 patents to his name.
- 1913-07-08 Alfred Carlton Gilbert's patent for the Erector Set is issued, which became one of the most popular toys of all time
- A.C. Gilbert - Lemelson-MIT Program