JOHN LLOYD WRIGHT

Reminisce - - Retro Replay -

Son of ar­chi­tect Frank Lloyd Wright.

De­signer of toys, John bor­rowed a de­tail he and his fa­ther used when build­ing the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel in Tokyo, Ja­pan—beams or logs with notched ends that fit to­gether—as a key fea­ture of Lin­coln Logs.

Wright’s firm, Red Square Toy Co., first be­gan mar­ket­ing Lin­coln Logs 100 years ago, in 1918.

Wright sold his pa­tent to Playskool in 1943 for $800.

Touted as Amer­ica’s

Na­tional Toy

In­ter­est­ing play­things typ­i­fy­ing the spirit of Amer­ica.

— THE ORIG­I­NAL LIN­COLN LOGS SLO­GAN

Lin­coln Logs were in­ducted into the Na­tional Toy Hall of Famein 1999.Lin­coln Logs peaked in pop­u­lar­ityin the 1950s, when shows such as Davy Crock­ettap­peared.

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