LEGO Building Set, 1976-1983

Summary

Lego bricks came to America from Denmark in the early 1960s. By the 1970s, this ingenious building toy had taken its place as an essential plaything in the toy box of childhood. Lego plastic bricks stuck together well, but could be easily pulled apart. Kids loved the way that these interlocking bricks could be assembled to create buildings, vehicles and even human figures.

Lego bricks came to America from Denmark in the early 1960s. By the 1970s, this ingenious building toy had taken its place as an essential plaything in the toy box of childhood. Lego plastic bricks stuck together well, but could be easily pulled apart. Kids loved the way that these interlocking bricks could be assembled to create buildings, vehicles and even human figures.

Artifact

Play set

Date Made

1976-1983

Creators

LEGO koncernen (Denmark) 

Lego Systems, Inc. 

Place of Creation

Denmark 

United States, Connecticut, Enfield 

Creator Notes

Made for LEGO koncernen (LEGO Group) of Denmark; distributed by Lego Systems, Inc. in Enfield, Connecticut.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Holidays

Object ID

2000.86.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Cardboard

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 in  (Product Package)

Width: 11.75 in

Length: 18.5 in  (Product Package)

Inscriptions

embossed on each piece multiple times: LEGO top of box cover: LEGO top of box cover: THIS SET SUGGESTED / FOR CHILDREN SIX YEARS / AND OLDER. / BUILDING WITH THIS / ADVANCED LEGO® SET / PROVIDES A FULL RANGE OF / CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES / FOR EXCITING PLAY. / SPECIAL FEATURES ARE / SHOWN INSIDE THE LID. / SET NUMBER / 400 top of box cover: 294 INTERLOCKING PIECES / MADE IN DENMARK. / DISTRIBUTED BY / LEGO SYSTEMS, INC. / P.O. BOX 2273 / ENFIELD, CONN. / 06082 © SEPTEMBER 1976. / LEGO SYSTEM A/S. Product Literature 1: LEGO® [title] Product Literatue 2: LEGO® 400 / UNIVERSAL BUILDING SET [title]

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