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Construction bricks

Construction bricks

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1960s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    LEGO (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Injection moulded plastic and cardboard

  • Museum number:

    B.62-2004

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In 1932 Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter and joiner, founded a business at Billund, Denmark, making ladders, ironing boards and wooden toys. The toys were particularly successful and the company adopted the name Lego in 1934. Lego means 'play well' from the Danish words 'Leg Godt'. In 1947 the company acquired a plastic injection moulding machine and made Automatic Binding Blocks in 1949. These were a forerunner of Lego which was officially launched in 1955. The stud and tube coupling system was patented in 1958.

Physical description

Cardboard box with 15 blue Lego pieces inside. On the cover of the box there is a picture of two children playing with Lego. On the other side blue and yellow bricks are depicted.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (manufactured)

Date

1960s (manufactured)

Artist/maker

LEGO (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Injection moulded plastic and cardboard

Marks and inscriptions

'Lego Systems. 219'

Dimensions

Length: 8.7 cm, Width: 6 cm, Height: 2.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased along with another set of Lego bricks (B.63-2004), see purchase price

Descriptive line

Box of Lego System 219 containing plastic construction bricks, made by LEGO, Great Britain, 1960s.

Materials

Cardboard; Plastic

Techniques

Injection moulding

Categories

Children & Childhood; Games; Construction toys

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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