Talk:Erector Set

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Pictures[edit]

I'd like to see a picture of the "Mysterious Walking Giant". 195.159.10.101 09:02, November 6, 2006 (UTC)

Heck, I think this article needs any pictures of an erector set. :) Cburnett 05:16, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

I can't believe they sold a product with this name, and in the 20th century!

I once read a poem, written by a European pervert, that has this stanza as follows

"Because you cheated me out of my redemption because you took her at the age when lads play with erector sets"


After that, Mr. Quilty added "Getting smutty, eh?"

So what does "erector set" there mean? Is Cue getting the wrong idea? 24.129.239.143 06:47, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

an Erector set was used in the movie The Sandlot. -Gabriel Mancera —Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.90.225.243 (talk) 18:48, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

1911[edit]

Could someone who knows clarify why the thing was patented in 1901 but invented in 1911? Cheers. --198.128.26.82 (talk) 01:22, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

Clearly an error; thanks for pointing it out and letting me correct it. Jim.henderson (talk) 18:46, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

Gilbert and Meccano?[edit]

The metal construction set that was patented in 1901 was Meccano. Meccano started being sold in the US in 1909, so the Erector sets' feature that they could be assembled and disassembled was not exactly unique.

The interrelationships between Meccano Ltd in the UK, Meccano Inc. in the US, and Gilbert and Lionel seems to be a little muddy. Lionel may or may not have produced Meccano's first 4V electric motor, and may or may not have owned Meccano's US factory in New Jersey, and may or may not have been the reason why the factory was sold to Gilbert in around 1928 (to raise cash?), and may or may not be the reason why the factory had stopped producing trains (because Lionel also made trains), leaving Gilbert ... manufacturing Meccano as well as their own system?

I've seen it said that Meccano-based sets may have been quietly sold under the Gilbert Erector name for some time, but given the strongly patriotic "American" branding of Erector, I suppose that it's conceivable that if the owners had dropped "real Erector" and switched to sets based on a "foreign" product, they might not have felt inclined to mention it.

This all seems really twisty - at some point, the people who owned the Meccano brandnames are then supposed to have bought the Erector brandname, too, so the Meccano factory in Calais, France, currently produces "modern" Meccano sets under both the Meccano and Erector names, depending on which territory the sets are to be sold in.

There's an "American Meccano" website at http://www.usmeccano.com , but even the site owner seems to have trouble unravelling the exact sequence of events ( http://www.usmeccano.com/questions/questions.htm )! I'm not going to pretend to know what really happened, if if anyone out there knows, it'd be great if they could fill the rest of us in. ErkDemon (talk) 01:47, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Agree. If Meccano was on the market first, Erector couldn't have been unique. --Redrose64 (talk) 09:56, 9 June 2013 (UTC)