GILBERT – ACTION TOYS 1/3

American A.C. Gilbert Company James Bond Blister On Card Action Toys Set 1/3 “Dr. No’s Dragon Tank (As Seen In Dr. No 1962) And Largo’s Hydrofoil Yacht aka Disco Volante” (As Seen In Thunderbal 1965) Made In Portugal. Glidrose Productions And EON Productione Licence 1965, Article Number 16541

The Dragon Tank, Flame Like Tounge Shoots Out When You Press Button. The Disco Volante Yacht, Sleek Luxury Yacht Splits In Two, Becomes Speedy Hydrofoil Racer
A.C. Gilbert Company, USA / Portugal 1965

A.C. Gilbert James Bond Toys Overview

The A.C. Gilbert Company Was An American Toy Company, Once One Of The Largest Toy Companies In The World. It Is Best Known For Introducing The Erector Set (A Construction Toy Similar To Meccano In The Rest Of The World) To The Marketplace

First known As The Mysto Manufacturing Company, The Company Was Founded In 1909 In Westville, Connecticut, By Alfred Carlton Gilbert, A Magician, And His Friend John Petrie. The Company Was Originally Established To Provide Supplies For Magic Shows. Their Magician’s Sets, Known As “Mysto Magic”, Were Marketed From The Teens Until The Fifties. In 1916, The Name Of The Company Was Changed From the Mysto Manufacturing Company To The A.C. Gilbert Company

Gilbert Was The Largest Employer In New Haven From The Early 1930s To The Late 1950s, Employing More Than 5000 In Three Shifts At Its Sound Street Manufacturing Facility. The Gilbert Company Struggled After The Death Of Its Founder In 1961. Gilbert’s Family Sold Its Shares, Pantents Pending For The Production In Hong Kong, Japan And Portugal. The Company Was Never Profitable Under Its New Ownership. By 1967, Gilbert Was Out Of Business

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