LEGO Building Set, 1966

Summary

Carpenter-turned-toymaker Ole Kirk Christianson created his first interlocking "Automatic Binding Bricks" in 1949. Highly popular in Europe by the late 1950s, the renamed "Lego" bricks were first introduced in the United States in 1961. Lego comes from the Danish words "leg godt," which mean "play well."

Carpenter-turned-toymaker Ole Kirk Christianson created his first interlocking "Automatic Binding Bricks" in 1949. Highly popular in Europe by the late 1950s, the renamed "Lego" bricks were first introduced in the United States in 1961. Lego comes from the Danish words "leg godt," which mean "play well."

Artifact

Play set

Date Made

1966

Creators

LEGO koncernen (Denmark) 

Samsonite Corporation 

Place of Creation

Denmark 

United States, Colorado, Denver 

Creator Notes

Made for LEGO koncernen (LEGO Group) of Denmark; distributed by Samsonite Corporation of Denver, Colorado.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2000.87.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Cardboard

Dimensions

Height: 2.0 in  (Product Package)

Length: 12.0 in  (Product Package)

Width: 8.0 in  (Product Package)

Inscriptions

Toy Pieces: LEGO [embossed multiple times on each piece] Product Package: AGES -3 TO 8 / LEGO® / BUILDING TOY / A QUALITY PRODUCT OF SAMSONITE CORPORATION / LICENSED UNDER ONE OR MORE OF U.S. PATENTS: 3,005,282 3,034,254 / 205 PIECE SET LEGO® / BUILDING TOY / AGES - 3 TO 8 [two sides of box top] BUILDING POSSIBILITIES GROW AS YOUR LEGO COLLECTION GROWS. / NO. 205 [two sides of box top] two sides of box bottom: LEGO® / BUILDING TOY / NO. 205 two sides of box bottom: FUN -- CREATIVE -- EDUCATIONAL Highly popular in Europe by the late 1950s, Lego bricks were first introduced in the United States in 1961.

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