From Lincoln Logs to Blueprints

Elizabeth Wright Ingraham plays with Lincoln Logs as a child (Photo taken from AIA, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rnV_zFYcZU)
Elizabeth Wright Ingraham plays with Lincoln Logs as a child (Photo courtesy AIA Colorado, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rnV_zFYcZU)

Becoming an architect is a rather daunting task when your father is Frank Lloyd Wright. Although John Lloyd Wright had a hard time measuring up to the architectural achievements of his father, he was able to define his own place in history with the invention of Lincoln Logs in 1918. He found inspiration for the toy on a 1917 visit to Japan, where he assisted his father with the construction of the Imperial Hotel using a revolutionary technique of interlocking beams. The inherent simplicity of the design struck a chord with John, and soon after, he set out to democratize the technique for the enjoyment of America’s children. Continue reading “From Lincoln Logs to Blueprints”

The Role of Toys in the Archaeology of Self

In early 2008 I visited my childhood home in North Carolina with my wife Laurie and oldest son Andrew. Laurie was pregnant with our younger son James. Having children was already making me feel nostalgic about my own childhood, but something else emphasized it on that visit.

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Partially buried scale model plane (Avro Vulcan)

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