Lincoln Logs - Toying with the Frontier Myth

Capturing the spirit of America - Erin Cho looks at the building blocks of American childhood and the objectives of their creator.

Interesting playthings typifying "the spirit of America"' was the slogan John Lloyd Wright used in 1918 to market and sell his new toy, 'Lincoln Logs'. To this date few have written about this famous toy and its creator. Perhaps this is because in 1939 a fire destroyed many of the documents from Wright's early career. An architect by profession, Wright has remained somewhat anonymous, possibly because his accomplishments seem slight compared to the works of his father, Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America's foremost architects of the twentieth century. Yet this paucity of research is most likely a result of the current embryonic stage of material cultural history.

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