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Lincoln Logs’ Famous Inventor – and How Much He Sold Out For

You can probably deduce who John Lloyd Wright’s famous dad was. But what you may not know is that John made his own massive contribution to design in an arena totally different than his father’s: toys.

Perhaps inspired by Frank’s Imperial Hotel, John received US Patent 1,351,086 on August 31, 1920 for a “Toy-Cabin Construction.” I bet you know where this is going:

Wright cleverly named his invention after Abraham Lincoln because he thought it evoked a wholesome, All-American image during times of WWI uncertainly. Lincoln Logs were a huge hit almost immediately – more so than Wright Blocks, John’s second attempt at building blocks after he sold the Lincoln Logs rights to Playskool for $800.

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May 18th, 2011

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