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Gilbert Thatcher Tin Can Toy

Gilbert Thatcher Tin Can Toy was a DIY type construction system. Presumably one could make items out of old tin cans. It was made in the USA by the A.C Gilbert Co. in around 1919.

Manufacturer / Distributor

A.C Gilbert Co., New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for GILBERT THATCHER TIN CAN TOY (Ref:GTT)

Gilbert Erector
System Type
DIY type
known in 1919
Boss Type
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Ebay set seen contains various Tools, and a booklet © 1920 entitled Gilbert Tin Can Toy Making.

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