Popular Toys in History
stood the test of time and remained hot with American consumers over the last
If you're thinking Scrabble, then award yourself
points for Christmas consumer smarts. Lincoln Logs? Honest. Lionel Trains,
you say? You're on the right track...
far the most enduring kid's Christmas favorite, the very first electrical Lionel
trains were designed in 1900 to lure window-shopping New Yorkers using the magic
of animated display.
rest, as they say, is history.
Lionel was named from its founder's middle name: Joshua Lionel Cowen. Since then,
Lionel has sold more than 50 million train sets and today continues to produce
more than 300 miles of track each year. Today, Lionel Trains are hot...again..
retro-favorite dating back to 1916, Lincoln Logs were designed and developed by
Lloyd Wright, son of one of America's most famous architects, Frank Lloyd
younger Wright conceived the idea for Lincoln Logs when he was traveling in Tokyo.
He became inspired by the interlinking construction techniques used in the foundation
of the earthquake-proof Imperial Hotel designed by his father. Among the first
advanced educational toys, Lincoln Logs were an improvement over old-fashioned
building blocks and were an instant hit with kids and parents, and remain so today.
year, popular toymaker Hasbro is celebrating Scrabble's 55th anniversary. Even
though it's a word game, the real story about Scrabble
is in the numbers: one hundred million sets have been sold worldwide and between
one and two million continue to be sold each year in North America. Of keen interest
to the legions of passionate players are the more than 147,000 words used in the
scoring (and overzealous players report lots more if they get creative.)
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