History of Lego

Lego is one of the most successful toy brands in existence.  Their building sets have an unparalleled ability to appeal to children as well as adults.  Heck, I still buy Lego sets to this day, much to the chagrin of my long-suffering wife.  While Lego has been manufacturing their trademark interlocking plastic blocks since 1949 although the first version of the bricks (known as Automatic Binding Bricks) looked a little bit different than they do now.

In addition to looking different from the modern bricks the company now produces, the Automatic Binding Bricks were just a small part of Lego's toy lineup.  In fact when Ole Kirk Christiansen founded the company in 1932 in Billund Denmark, the company's products looked more like this:

Source: http://www.miniland.nl/Historie/Houtpaginas/houten_olifant_van_lego%20eng.htm

Source: http://www.miniland.nl/Historie/Houtpaginas/houten_olifant_van_lego%20eng.htm

An early Lego wooden toy.  It's an elephant.  I feel like I didn't need to write what animal it was, but hey you never know...better safe than sorry!

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Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17644114

Billund Denmark, or at least a model of Billund...built with Legos!

The name "Lego" is derived from the Danish phrase "leg godt" which means "play good."  The company continued to dabble in the manufacturing in various kinds of toys until Christiansen's son Godfred, who worked for the company felt that there was immense potential to be foubnd in the company's interlocking bricks.  He had engineers work on the design of the brick until the modern design that we all know and love was patented in 1958.   How this man has not been sainted for his contribution to the betterment of mankind is absolutely beyond me.

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82930629@N08/9483136890/

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82930629@N08/9483136890/

Godtfred watching some children play with Lego bricks.

 

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