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The Lincoln Logs system was invented in 1916 by John Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (nee Frank Lincoln Wright) during a visit to Japan, where his father had designed a building using interlocking beams in order to make it earthquake resistant.
This technique was already traditionally used in the US for building log cabins, where logs of the right length could have scooped notches cut into them near the ends with an axe, and could then be stacked with the notches interlocking to make a basic but extremely solid and stable cabin without requiring any other tools (any draughty cracks between logs could be sealed with mud or other easy-to-hand materials).
The "Lincoln" sets
The Lincoln Logs sets contained cylindrical wooden "logs" around the thickness of a human finger with wide square notches pre-cut into them, along with "half-logs"for base walls, angled roof end-pieces, and roof slats. The system also included wheels and axles for making basic carts, but was really only properly suited for making model log cabins (which it did extremely well, and authentically).
The combination of simplicity, authenticity and classic American design made Lincoln Logs a traditional and much-loved US toy.
Unsurprisingly, Lincoln Logs was best suited to building log cabins. However, the system also included wheels and axles, and a very basic vehicle body could be assembled sitting on top of a pair of axles.
- Lincoln Logs (American Toys), 1750 N. Lawndale Ave., Chicago 47, Illinois
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- Abraham Lincoln Cabin (LincolnLogs 2L).jpg 1,513 × 1,600; 744 KB
- American Toys trademark (Toy Manufacturers USA).jpg 1,140 × 1,240; 283 KB
- Americas National Toy (Lincoln Logs).jpg 1,702 × 3,000; 1.78 MB
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- Bridge (Lincoln Logs 1L).jpg 1,200 × 242; 69 KB
- Circus Wagon (LincolnLogs 2L).jpg 1,200 × 1,080; 350 KB
- Coal Truck (LincolnLogs 3L).jpg 1,200 × 1,073; 297 KB
- Diagram of Pieces (Lincoln Logs).jpg 1,200 × 842; 445 KB
- Flat Wagon (Lincoln Logs 1L).jpg 1,200 × 565; 164 KB
- Lincoln Logs, Chicago.jpg 1,200 × 457; 101 KB
- Meeting House (LincolnLogs 3L).jpg 1,200 × 579; 257 KB
- Milk Truck (Lincoln Logs 1L).jpg 1,200 × 672; 300 KB
- Pioneer Cabin (Lincoln Logs 1L).jpg 3,000 × 1,914; 1.45 MB
- Pioneer Log Cabin model (Lincoln Logs).jpg 3,000 × 2,000; 2.46 MB
- Railway Station (LincolnLogs 3L).jpg 1,200 × 1,020; 444 KB
- Ranch House (LincolnLogs 2L).jpg 1,200 × 977; 387 KB
- School House (LincolnLogs 2L).jpg 1,200 × 1,144; 413 KB
- Scout Set, Original Lincoln Logs (Playskool).jpg 534 × 800; 263 KB
- Set Contents listings, Lincoln Logs.jpg 3,000 × 1,120; 643 KB
- Shed (LincolnLogs 2L).jpg 1,200 × 822; 336 KB
- Two-Storey Dwelling (LincolnLogs 3L).jpg 1,200 × 666; 316 KB