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Author Topic: Gibbs: an American spinning top family  (Read 786 times)


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Gibbs: an American spinning top family
« on: July 21, 2017, 11:13:41 PM »

A couple of months ago I got an email from Theo Gibbs, a young member of the Gibbs family that produced so many classic American tops.
He was interested in getting in contact with Professor Dan Lassanske to see if he could acquire the first tops that the company ever made in 1896 and he had seen on my video of his collection. I told him that I doubted very much that Dan would be willing to part with them (he had already said no to the Smithsonian Museum!) They did get in touch and had a very long phone conversation. Well, the other day I talked on the phone with Theo and he was extremely touched. He had just received a surprise package in the mail. I have made Theo a member of the forum and hopefully he will tell us the rest of the story and also what he knows about the family history in relation to tops.

Here is an ad of a popular Gibbs top from 1949:

« Last Edit: February 09, 2018, 11:36:53 PM by ta0 »

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Re: Gibbs: an American spinning top family
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2017, 02:05:09 PM »

Hmm.  Gibbs tops.  I think I have parts of the spring loaded piece that is on the top of that top.
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