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A history of the classic Gilbert American Flyer display layouts

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Welcome to American Flyer Displays

In the following pages, you will find one of the largest collections of photographs and illustrations of the various American Flyer display layouts built by the Gilbert company and its contractors.  Through the hundreds of pages on this website, we cover almost every aspect of these layouts and displays.  The focus of the website is to provide a place to explore the history and art of the classic American Flyer display layouts in all their forms.  The website contains much historical information that is based on several years of research and the contributions of many Gilbert collectors and scholars.  To the best of my knowledge, the information is accurate, but if you see what you believe to be errors, please contact me so that corrections can be made.   I am greatly indebted to many Gilbert collectors for their generosity in sharing photos and information from their collections.

In this website you will find information on:

  • The factory prepared layouts and displays that were sold to dealers

  • The custom department store layouts that delighted young and old at Christmas time

  • The layouts illustrated in various consumer catalogs, whether they actually existed or not

  • The store displays and layouts used in advertising of Gilbert products

  • The Boys' Railroad Club Layout, featured on the television series

  • The displays that were featured in movies and television programs

  • Gilbert's attempts to market ready made "layouts in a box"

  • The large custom layouts created for the Gilbert Halls of Science


Whether you want to relive the days when these layouts actually existed, or want to recreate some of them, either in whole or in part, I hope these web pages will be useful and enjoyable. 

*Logo photo from Buckage Collection colorized by Daryl Olszeski based on color photos which appeared in Classic Toy Trains in January 2008, "Field Trip to Paradise" 
Copyright © 2010 Clay Buckage - Copyright © 2013 Daryl Olszeski

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