AC Gilbert & Co.

This blog is dedicated to a time when life was good, when life was filled with chemistry sets, comic books, tree houses, baseball, hide & seek, and bicycles. Remember when ice cream bars were a nickel and comic books were ten cents. Of course my memories of the 50s and 60s were idealized. We also had the cold war, fallout shelters, and national unrest. For some reason these were all manageable under the overseeing eyes of my Mom and Dad.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

AC Gilbert Co - My Home Lab


Do you remember experimenting in your back yard? Maybe you owned a chemistry set like me. AC Gilbert and Co. began their wonderful product in 1909, in Westville, Conn. It survived many years, as an excellent educational tool. As a child of the 50s I enjoyed owning a set that opened with two panels. The manual and test tubes took up most of one side and the chemicals the other. It also had an alcohol lamp with an attached blowtorch. When you wanted to melt a glass rod, you had to blow into a black tube. I wonder if any kid ever sucked in by mistake. We very seldom followed instructions. Let's just mix some stuff together and see what we get. I wonder how many of you had the same experience. Let me know what kinds of experiments you conducted.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

International Bicycle Fund



IBF promotes bicycle and other aspects of non-motorized transportation worldwide, especially in less developed areas, with a particular interest in Africa and South America. Areas of activities include: urban planning, transportation planning, rural mobility, mobility for women, economic development, road safety education, human settlement and quality of life, personal health, environmental quality, energy conservation and responsible tourism. Sponsors environmental friendly, cultural immersion, small group, bicycle tour program for ordinary active people, to Asia, the Americas, and all regions of Africa.