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Gilbert Chemistry Outfit for Boys, 1936Gilbert Chemistry Outfit for Boys, 1936

Children's toys often reflect widely held beliefs more clearly than the adult models on which they are based. The National Museum of American History's many science and technology toys, such as this chemistry set, collected in 1992, capture the essence of American beliefs about Yankee ingenuity.

See also: Children, Science and Scientists, Toys

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