Set of Lincoln Logs made of wood: brown wooden timbers, green planks, orange gables, and red chimney. Contained in box with image of Indians approaching a wooden fort guarded by soldiers and the words "Lincoln Logs" large, with wheels, inter-changeable Lincoln Timbers" and below "America's National Toy."
This is a set of Lincoln Logs from the 1940s produced by the J.L. Wright Company. Although John Lloyd Wright, who designed the Lincoln Logs, disassociated himself with the company in the 1920s, it continued to use his name on its products.
The box includes an image of of American Indians attacking a fort, and the name "Lincoln Logs" makes reference to Illinois as the "Land of Lincoln" and as part of the Wild West, perhaps also harkening back to the attack on Fort Dearborn.
This Lincoln Log set was designed by John Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who supposedly came up with the idea for the toy while witnessing the construction of his Imperial Hotel in Japan, which used interlocking beams to protect against earthquakes. With its allusion to Abraham Lincoln and its architectural connection, Lincoln Logs reflected both Chicago's pride in Lincoln and its architectural feats. In the early to mid-twentieth-century Chicago was not only a center for toy design but toy manufacturing as well, due to its convenient geographic location.