Wright has stated that he took inspiration for the design of Lincoln Logs from the foundation of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, an earthquake-proof building. Once the toys hit the market, they were very popular.
John Lloyd Wright, the son of famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, invented Lincoln Logs in 1916. John Kenneth Wright was born on December 12, 1892. He was also an architect by trade, as well as a toy maker. The Red Square Toy Company started marketing the product in 1918.
J. L. Wright Company of Chicago, Illinois registered the patent for Lincoln Logs on August 31, 1920. The Lincoln Logs name was officially registered on August 28, 1923. Other companies have produced similar toys to Lincoln Logs, and they have been popular since they were first introduced to the market.
After World War II, parents started buying Lincoln Logs. They appreciated the fact that the blocks were of good quality and a more sophisticated design than other building blocks that were available. The act of playing with the toy allowed children to develop their eye-hand coordination and use their imagination to interpret the idea of a building structure in different ways.