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Preserving History

I didn't start the website because I am an expert on the subject, but because I am interested in this aspect Gilbert American Flyer history and want to learn more about it.  Since I started this project I have learned a lot, but there is a lot more to learn. Sometimes the best thing you learn is how much you still have to learn.  The response by American Flyer collectors and Gilbert historians has been fantastic and has enabled me to make more historical information, photos, and Gilbert paper available on the website, but more information is needed.  That's why I am asking you for your help. If you can provide further information on anything related to American Flyer Displays and their history, please contact me at the above email address.  Together we can preserve this history.

Here is some of the information I would like to add to the website and maybe you can help.

Do you have the answers to some of these perplexing questions about the 2nd floor Gilbert Hall of Science Layout?

These construction photos appeared in the Gilbert News, a publication produced by Gilbert for his employees, but the individuals are not identified.  Based on other photos, Frank Castiglione can be identified in some of the photos, but not the other workers.

1. Did the real water lake disappear at some point as a result of later revisions?  Was it during the 1953 revisions when the ferry could no longer operate because of the obstructions of the trestle bridge supports?  That might have also made sense because the track running under the waterfall would have been a risky thing to do with real water running over the fall.

2. Can you identify the individuals in these construction photos which appeared in the Gilbert News? Click on the images for a bigger view.

In the first photo, both of these individuals are not easily identifiable due to their faces being hidden, but if you have some ideas please let me know.

In The Second photo, the gentleman pictured also appears in an article about Ray Palumbo and his work on Gilbert display layouts.  The photo is in the November 2010 issue of Classic Toy Trains on page 70.  He is at the far left of what could best be called the middle row.  In any case, I think he may be the same individual pictured on the left in the far left photo on this page, based on his very dirty lower portion of his coveralls.

In the final photo, the individual on right may be Frank Castiglione based on the fact that he is working on scenery.  

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