JOHN LLOYD WRIGHT
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
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.