The son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright invented Lincoln Logs.
While accompanying his dad to Tokyo, where the elder Wright was building the Imperial Palace Hotel, John Wright was taken with an earthquake safe construction method.
It was based on interlocking grooves similar to those used in American log cabins.
It occurred to him that miniature construction logs could make a good toy.
Knowing the importance of trading in on famous names, he named his company John Lloyd Wright, Inc., and his new product Lincoln Logs, to tie in to the Abraham Lincoln log cabin mythology.
Unlike most toys that originated in the 1920s, Lincoln Logs have not gone plastic, but are still made of Oregon lumber.