Credit: Architech Gallery
A.C. Gilbert Co. Steel Erector Set
The Pharaohs stashed architectural toys in their tombs for the afterlife. George Wetzel, an Illinois schoolteacher, recently donated his collection of more than 2,000 toys to the National Building Museum. Now get your own from ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago. A collection of 20 architectural toys-including Froebel blocks, Tinkertoys, and Erector sets-are on exhibit and on sale, Dec. 5-27. Some, like the Ferris Wheel shown, come preassembled.