Alfred Carlton

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Alfred Carlton was born in Salem, Oregon back in 1884. He early education was at the Tualati Academy then he was off to Pacific University at Forest Grove, Oregon. To pay for his education he worked as a magician, earning a degree in sports medicine. He was also an athlete breaking the world record for chin-ups.

In 1907, he co-founded a manufacturing company (more on that in a moment). By 1935, he had sold 30 million sets of something he invented. During his 50 year career he had accumulated more than 150 patents.

What you may not know about Alfred Carlton Gilbert is that he invented the pole vault box setting two world records in the pole vault. In 1908, during WWI the United States considered a ban on toy production, he argued successfully against it, thus the press gave him the nickname of “The man who saved Christmas.” The manufacturing company he co-founded was Mysto Manufacturing, later changing the name to C. Gilbert Company. He developed and sold magic sets, he added chemistry sets, microscope sets and other educational toys. However, he is best known for the invention of the Erector Set. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Thanks to Alfred I had hours of fun with my Erector Set as a youth! Enjoy your day!

Apr 09, 2018 03:49 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I remember my first chemistry set and microscope.... and I love watching field events in the olympics.... 

Apr 09, 2018 03:59 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Barbara Todaro  and I are on the same team here...and in high school I was the statistician for the track and cross country teams...still love watching these events today !

Apr 09, 2018 04:33 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - now that is a name from my past.  I had a number of C. Gilbert sets.

Apr 09, 2018 04:34 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I believe that I used one of this pole vaulting boxes in my youth.

Apr 09, 2018 04:56 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

What a prolific inventor..150 patents! That is impressive. My brother played for hours with his Erector set!

Apr 09, 2018 04:58 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Oh wow, James.  The Erector Set brings back many joyful moments from my childhood.  I loved to build with the Erector sets.

Apr 09, 2018 05:14 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Except for the magician set, the others had many hours of my childhood invested in them.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 09, 2018 06:22 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, I remember having one of those as a kid but I did not take to it as much as m brother.  I ws to busy learning to cook.


Apr 09, 2018 07:10 AM #9
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Okay, until you mentioned the Erector Set I didn't know who he or his company was...Now I know!

Apr 09, 2018 08:02 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never tried to pole vault, but it looks really cool.  Have you pole vaulted before?

Apr 09, 2018 08:06 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Wow 150 patents is a lot of thinking and exploring James Dray 

Apr 09, 2018 08:23 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a great and interesting guy this was. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 09, 2018 08:25 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Lovet his story, from pole vaulting, saving Christmas and the erector set.  What a magnificent accomplishment.  A

Apr 09, 2018 08:28 AM #14
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is the man of my youth with the erector set, microscopes, and chemistry sets.

Apr 09, 2018 05:25 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I had Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs but no erector set!  

Apr 09, 2018 05:45 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi James!  Just had to look up his exact birth date.  Wikipedia gives it as February 15, 1884, an Aquarian - the inventor/brain/genius  sign of the zodiac...  Amazing is besides being an American inventor, he was an athlete, magician, toy-maker, and businessman,,,Yes, Amazing!!!

Apr 09, 2018 11:42 PM #17
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

He was certainly impressive and interesting.  I wonder how he got to be so versatile. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 13, 2018 01:45 PM #18
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