Lincoln Logs were first produced in 1916 by company founder John
Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Records show that the J. L.
Wright Company of Chicago, Illinois, obtained its patent for the design on
August 31, 1920 and had the Lincoln Logs name registered on August 28, 1923.
Building logs of similar designs had been produced by several other toy
companies since the civil war but John L. Wright's version was very successful
from the beginning and has remained so to this day. His design was copied, and
some say improved upon, by the Halsam Products Company, also of Chicago, with
their American Logs. In 1943, the company was sold to Playskool who makes the
building sets today.
|This nice Lincoln Logs Double Set
was probably made in the 1930s.
Included is a 16 page Design Book
full of building ideas.
||Lincoln Logs made Lincoln Bricks
and Lincoln Mortar. This illustration
showing their logs used with their bricks is
from the Design Book.
The company also made
a playhouse for kids.