Alfred Carlton Gilbert

Inventor Alfred Carlton Gilbert

Profession: Inventor

United States of America

Biography: 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.

Born: February 15, 1884
Birthplace: Salem, Oregon, United States

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: January 24, 1961 (aged 76)
Cause of Death: Heart ailment

Historical Events

  • 1913-07-08 Alfred Carlton Gilbert's patent for the Erector Set is issued, it becomes one of the most popular toys of all time

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