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Bruce Hansen's Erector-Brik Models

Bruce writes: "Here are a few models built from an early 1940's Erector-Brik No. 1 set. I searched the web for references to Erector-Brik and did find some links. This set dates from around 1943. One of the web references also pictured a Meccano-Brik set which used the same box top illustration as the Gilbert version. Gilbert produced the Meccano-Brik sets in the early '30's until changing the name to Erector-Brik in 1938. The sets stopped production soon after WWII.

From the box cover, I surmise that (4) sizes of sets were offered: No. 1, 2, 3 and 5. The No. 5 set appeared to have come with framed windows/doors with cellophaned openings. The first model is a Parking Garage (nice model, eh Avery!):

Next, a set of Stadium Seats:

And lastly, a Cabin:

The blocks came to two sizes, about 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/2" and 1 1/2" x 3/4" x 1/2". They interlocked via a small pin on the top and a drilled hole on the bottom. The roof panel is a piece of lithographed cardboard.

Again, no spectacular models to be had. But it's an interesting "leader" item by the Gilbert company with designs on selling "real" Erector sets to the boy in the future."