A.C. Gilbert American Flyer #588 Semaphore Block Signal

Manufacturer:A.C. Gilbert American Flyer
Manufacturer ID:588
Name:Semaphore Block Signal
Model Introduced:1946
Finishpainted & lettered
The rarest accessory made by Gilbert, which according to Greenberg the #588 "Semaphore Block Signal" was offered from 1946-48. The #588 was first cataloged in 1946. However, it never appeared until the March 1948 Toy Fair. It is estimated that about 25 were made. Apparently, it did not work very well and there were not enough orders to warrant a full production run. Therefore, the project was scrapped and many of the parts were used for the 1949 #758 "Sam the Semaphore Man" accessory.
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