Erector Set TruModel Steam Shovel #77 c.1928
This is an original steam engine 1928 Erector Set TruModel "The Duplex Standard Constuction Toy" and original box. It is model #77 which is described by collectors as "Builds the Steam Shovel." The steam shovel is built and is complete. The wooden box is original. There are no instructions. This piece has retained its original finish and has the appropriate patina for the age and use. The box is intact and has minor wear.
- CREATOR A.C. Gilbert inventor of Erector Set
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Steel, Wood.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS Steam Shovel: H 15 in. W 24 in. D 8 in., Box: H 5 in. W 21.5 in. D 8in.
Erector was first envisioned by A.C. Gilbert in 1911, as he rode the train from New Haven to New York City. This section of track was being converted to electrical power, and Gilbert watched as steel girders were erected to carry the power lines, inspiring him to develop the toy. Gilbert was a skilled magician and manufactured magic tricks and magic sets with his existing company the "Mysto Manufacturing Company". The first Erector set was made there in 1913, called "The Erector / Structural Steel and Electro-Mechanical Builder", and labeled as "Educational, Instructive and Amusing". The toy was first introduced and sold to the public in 1913 at the Toy Fair held at the Broadway Central Hotel in New York City.