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The history of Lincoln Log Toys

Discussion in 'Campfire Chat - General Discussions' started by donna, May 2, 2011.

  1. donna

    donna Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    Someone brought up the Lincoln Log sandwich which made me think about the Lincoln Log Toy Set. I had them as a child and gave to my son as a toy and now will give to my grandchildren.

    Lincoln Logs were invented in 1916 by John L. Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. John was influenced by design of the basement of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo which was designed by his father. The basement of the hotel used a unique foundation of interlocking beams to make the structure "earthquake proof".

    It has always been assumed that the name of the toy relates to Abraham Lincoln because he was born in a log cabin. However, it could also be related to Frank Lloyd Wright's name because his given middle name was Lincoln.

    Lincoln Logs originally came with instructions on how to build Uncle Tom's Cabin as well as Abraham Lincoln's log cabin.

    The sets were originally made of 100% wood. with varying colors of roof pieces. But by 1970s almost all the wood had been replaced by plastic. However, today they have reverted to real wood.

    They have always been popular since their creation. In 1953 they were one of the first toys advertised on TV.
     

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    I used to have a set of Lincoln logs as a kid...but I lost interest in them after the umpteenth time they got knocked over. Upon discovering the interlocking snaps of legos, I much preferred putting my efforts into building something that wasn't so easily demolished. LOL
     
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    It was like, you make a cabin and then now what! At least that's how I remember it. But that's a long time.
     
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    You could always smack your snotty little brother on the noggin with one.
     
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    I'll have to look but I think the first toy advertised on TV was a Mr. Potato Head.
     
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    Very intresting information. :smile:

    I remember when I was a little kid dad gave me the Lincoln Logs he had as a kid and bought some more at the second hand shop.

    I remember building all sorts of log cabins, towns, and anything else I could think of.
     
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    I played with Lincoln Logs, but never used them as missiles.
     
  10. donna

    donna Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    In answer to what was first toy advertised on TV. "On April 30, 1952, Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised directly to children on television. Before this toy, advertising about toys had been directed to the parents. This commercial revolutionized marketing, and caused an industrial boom. Over one million kits were sold in the first year."

    Lincoln Logs and TV: "Lincoln Logs - long a favorite of proponents of educational toys - were among the first toys to be promoted on a television show, 1953's Pioneer Playhouse".

    Mr. Potato Head was one of my favorite toys and now is one of my Grandchildren's favorites. Some toys last forever.
     
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    It was more a bludgeoning,though the way we fought I'm sure some got airborne.Another Lincoln Log memory;our dog loved to chew on the green slats used for the roof,couldn't care less about the logs themselves.Good old Arnold !
     
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    The word neat-o comes to mind
     
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    "Neat-o", "Nifty", "Swell", "Boss".
     
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    I wonder what an original kit of Lincoln Logs would be worth today?
     
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    donna Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    Karen that is a good question and have been trying to research what an original set from 1916 would be worth today. As of yet haven't found the first set. However on e-bay have found two older sets for sale.

    The one set is from 1930s and the bid is at $149.99.

    The other one I found is from 1928 and the bidding is at $350.

    So as you can see as they get older the bids go up. I am sure condition and completeness of the set will affect the price. I will keep looking.
     

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