Before there was Lego, there was the Erector Set. This was an altogether different type of toy that resembled genuine engineering construction with trusses and girders, rather than plastic, primary color pixelated, objects.
Although Erector Sets are sold today, they are re-branded versions of a different toy. The original Gilbert sets were made from 1913 till 1967 and are an iconic toy for gadget aficionados that can be picked up relatively cheaply on Ebay. Here are 10 favorite vintage kits that are currently for sale.
Posted by David Galbraith
10 abandoned subway stations | 10 anti-masturbation devices | 10 antique phonographs | 10 best power strip designs | 10 classic jacob jensen gadgets | 10 classic reel-to-reel recorders | 10 console light guns | 10 dry land submarines | 10 enormous floating cranes | 10 failed automobile manufacturers | 10 flea circus contraptions | 10 gas guzzlers | 10 james dyson inventions | 10 luxury trains | 10 massive steam hammers | 10 money making machines | 10 mud huts yurts tents and an igloo with satellite | 10 neat camera hacks | 10 notable olympic flame cauldron designs | 10 obsolete web browsers | 10 rocket launch pads | 10 ski jumps | 10 strange snow vehicles | 10 transparent watches | 10 unboring ferris wheels | 10 unoperational operating theaters | 10 videos of ejection seat tests | 10 voting machines | 12 abandoned hospitals | 12 absurd olympic events | 12 advertainment video games | 12 alternative versions of famous monuments | 12 architects with architects glasses | 12 awful GUIs | 12 banned music videos | 12 batman vehicles | 12 bizarre military parade uniforms | 12 box guitars | 12 buildings inspired by the Farnsworth house | 12 cargo holds | 12 centrifuge gforce test videos | 12 classic pocket knives | 12 Classic Raymond Loewy Designs | 12 classic sony designs | 12 claustrophobic space capsules | 12 claustrophobic torpedo rooms | 12 clay car mockups | 12 concealed guns | 12 countries 12 condom commercials (videos) | 12 Creative Uses of a GoPro | 12 deceptive comic book ads | 12 dental training heads | 12 different food rations | 12 disposable gadgets | 12 diving suits | 12 DIY bicycles | 12 dramatic views looking down | 12 dry land swimming machines | 12 earliest models of gadgets | 12 ejector seats | 12 elegantly deconstructed machines | 12 enormous propellers | 12 examples of decayed Olympic sites | 12 examples of leaked gadgets | 12 examples of money | 12 examples of photo finish photography | 12 extreme examples of medical scaffolding | 12 failed apple 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birthplaces | 12 very disturbing paintball teams | 12 vicious vintage dental tools | 12 videos of ships being launched | 12 videos of spiderman climbing real skyscrapers | 12 videos of welding machines | 12 vintage printing presses | 12 vintage walkmans | 12 wild west ghost towns | 12 wonderful water slides | 12 worst iPhone case designs | 12 Yves Behar Designs | 13 disgusting pepsi flavors | 14 cameras that look just like guns | 14 other examples of book burning | 15 abandoned theaters | 15 aircraft with lots of wings | 15 architects 15 chairs | 15 Blade Runner Buildings | 15 dieter rams classics | 15 Dr Kellog Contraptions | 15 Founding Father Invention Myths | 15 giant transporters | 15 high speed trains | 15 housing projects from hell | 15 human cocoons | 15 images of not so secret secret service buildings | 15 knockoff gadgets | 15 monstrous harvesters | 15 odd pods | 15 of the worst american foods | 15 Papua New Guinean superhero war shields | 15 payphones from around the world | 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snowplows | 20 unusual tractor designs | 2007 countdown clocks | 3 forth bridge demos | 3d printed products | 8 Classic Nakamichi Cassette Decks | 8 extreme truck load videos | 8 inflatable military decoys | 8 inflatable shelters | 8 moving houses videos | 8 pointless uses of carbon fiber | 8 Sky Hooks | 8 super skinny buildings | 9 bathing machines | 9 depressing views of famous monuments | 9 diabolical teamaking contraptions | 9 diving bells | 9 early remote controls | 9 ghost towns of the recession | 9 good for you ads | 9 mine diagrams | 9 nail houses | 9 non submarine periscopes | 9 permanent temporary structures | 9 real wireframe models | 9 reasons why the highline sucks | 9 retro bomb shelters | 9 Roger Tallon Designs | 9 ronco gadgets | 9 screw drivers | 9 secure phones | 9 Strange Edison Inventions | 9 utopian architectural projects | 9 Vintage Monorails | 9 vintage x ray machines | a dozen vintage spy radios | a visual history of video recorders | abandoned pools | abandoned 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