and seven years ago, a set of interlocking redwood toy-sized logs were patented by John Lloyd Wright. Inspiration for the toy's name may have been in honor of John's father's birth name, Frank Lincoln Wright; or as a tribute to Abraham Lincoln's log cabin origins; or simply from the phonetic similarity of “linking” and Lincoln.
Four years earlier, John had traveled with his father to
In 1918, John's Lincoln Logs were marketed by the Red Square
Toy Company of
Some interesting Lincoln Log facts:
The original Lincoln Logs are still readily available today. Backtobasicstoys.com sells a 115-piece commemorative edition set for $40 and a collector's edition set in a wooden case for $100. The pages of the Back to Basics Toys catalog transport you back to the days of your childhood when playing with toys generated creativity, joy, and unstructured fantasy (in stark contrast to today's ready-made, instant gratification, sensory overload, done-deal, technology-driven toys and games). It feels good to want your children and grandchildren to experience the classic toys that made you who you are today. And it's refreshing to find a company like Back to Basics Toys that is dedicated to the proposition that the traditional, high-quality play experience shall not perish from the earth.
Footnote: Frank Lloyd Wright was born Frank Lincoln Wright