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
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
The Boys' Railroad Club Layout, featured on the television
The displays that were featured in movies and television
Gilbert's attempts to market ready made "layouts in a box"
The large custom layouts created for the Gilbert Halls of
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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