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Wayback Wednesday: Lincoln Logs invented

Depending on what kind of toys you were into as a kid, Lincoln Logs were either a cool way to explore the idea of actually building things, or a toy to throw in the bottom of  your closet never to be seen again.

Lincoln Logs turn 100 years old this year and even though kids have been tested by everything from television to video games in that time, the logs endure as one of America's most iconic and best selling toys.

The idea for Lincoln Logs were developed by John Lloyd Wright who had visited Japan with his architect father, Frank Lloyd Wright. The toy was based in part on the architecture of a hotel in Tokyo which had beams that locked into place as a precaution against earthquakes.

Lincoln Logs went into production not long after. Early sets came with instructions on how to build Uncle Tom's Cabin along with Abraham Lincoln's cabin. Today Lincoln Logs are made  by K'NEX in the United States.

Here's a vintage Lincoln Logs ad from 1976:

There was some speculation that the name Lincoln Logs might have come from the middle name of John's father, but the manufacturer has said the name was in honor of Abraham Lincoln.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›