Chemistry sets reached their heyday in the 1950s, but production of them began in the United States during World War I. Playing with a toy chemistry set inspired many a boy to become a chemist, and not until the late 1950s were girls considered an appropriate market.


  • Title: Gilbert No. 1 Chemistry Outfit
  • Creator: A.C. Gilbert Company
  • Date Created: 1954
  • Location Created: New Haven, Connecticut
  • Provenance: Science History Institute
  • Type: Chemistry Set
  • Rights: Public Domain Mark 1.0
  • External Link: View our Digital Collections
  • Medium: Cardboard, glass, metal, plastic

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