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Lincoln Logs

I'm old, but when I was a young boy, I'd ask for Tinker Toys every Christmas, and my mother would get me Lincoln Logs. Do you think it was an unconscious act to make me more manly?

I was so unpopular, because of it. The other kids could build cool things with Tinker Toys, but what could you do with Lincoln Logs.

Then one day, my father lost his job and we had to burn them in the fireplace ot keep warm. I was so happy, until next Christmas when my father got another job and I got more Lincoln Logs.

What do you think about them?

by Anonymousreply 4705/24/2020


by Anonymousreply 110/18/2015

I got Magic Wood instead and was too embarrassed to tell anyone because the commercial was so sucky.

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by Anonymousreply 210/18/2015

I'm so gay I got Mary Todd Lincoln Logs.

by Anonymousreply 310/18/2015

r2 what was the "magic" in Magic Wood? Magnets?

by Anonymousreply 410/18/2015

Yes, magnets.

My sister got a toy knitting machine called Knit-O-Matic. The commercial for that one was almost hypnotic with a chorus of little girl voices in the background chanting "knit a row a second, knit a row a second"

by Anonymousreply 510/18/2015

[quote]I'm so gay I got Mary Todd Lincoln Logs.

No, if you were crazy you would've gotten Mary Todd Lincoln Logs

by Anonymousreply 610/18/2015

Vivian Vance was so old that she got her logs directly from Lincoln himself!

by Anonymousreply 710/18/2015

How were Lincoln Logs "more manly" than Tinkertoys?

by Anonymousreply 810/18/2015

I'm glad we had toys like Lincoln Logs and Legos to build things and for an imagination. Better than having an iPad shoved in you're face like the kids today.

by Anonymousreply 910/18/2015

And yet you didn't learn the difference between "your" and "you're," R9.

by Anonymousreply 1010/18/2015

Sorry about that, forgot that we need to type like we're in a spelling bee. My apology. You did miss *for* was supposed to be *form*.

by Anonymousreply 1110/18/2015

I must have inferred that poor sentence structure was your thing, R11.

by Anonymousreply 1210/18/2015

Papa was so poor he'd just break sticks from the yard and have us gnaw notches out of each end.

Becky still had both woman teeths so we had her do the rough cuts so's everything would be uniform and such.

by Anonymousreply 1310/18/2015

Inferred. I inferred that you stuck your Linclon Logs up your ass, and your mother had to pull them out. Perhaps she missed one, and it's still jammed up there someplace. Inferred.

by Anonymousreply 1410/18/2015

Pastels, Debbie?

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by Anonymousreply 1510/18/2015

I liked blocks better than Lincoln logs. Tinker toys had a outer space charm.

by Anonymousreply 1610/18/2015

I never had either. I liked books, not toys.

by Anonymousreply 1710/18/2015

R14 seems to understand "inferred."

What do you do for your next trick?

by Anonymousreply 1810/18/2015

I got this great building toy in 1965 or so and wish I could find one today. It was like a 3-D Lite Brite, with transparent rods, straight and curved that you used to create buildings on a round black pegboard. UNDER the pegboard was a rotating translucent color wheel, lit from below, whose colored Rays would shoot up through the pegboard, making everything pretty

by Anonymousreply 1910/18/2015

sounds fab

by Anonymousreply 2010/18/2015

r8 Splinters. D'uh.

by Anonymousreply 2110/19/2015

I had both and loved ’em. I loved my Spirograph more than either, though.

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by Anonymousreply 2310/19/2015

Well I'm glad we had a piece of charcoal and paper instead of those newfangled etch-a-sketches! How are kids supposed to learn how to draw using knobs and looking at a screen? It ain't natural I tellya. No sir. No sirree

by Anonymousreply 2410/19/2015

How old as a boy, were you? Were you too young to articulate more specifically what you wanted? Did your parents ever take you to a store so you could point out what you would like for Christmas? If not, it sounds very assuming.

by Anonymousreply 2510/19/2015

I wanted silly putty. But I got a rock

by Anonymousreply 2610/19/2015

Younger people don't realize it, but there were very few plastic toys in the '50s. Pretty much everything was wood (TinkerToys, Lincoln Logs) or metal (Tonka Trucks, Matchbox cars).

by Anonymousreply 2710/19/2015

I got live bait and had to fish or christmas dinner.

by Anonymousreply 2810/19/2015

The most important issue has yet to be discussed so I shall do it for all of you. OP, at what age did you buy yourself a set of Tinker Toys and do you still play with them?

by Anonymousreply 2910/19/2015

I love OP's detail of having to burn the Lincoln Logs to keep warm. Even WE weren't that poor.

by Anonymousreply 3010/25/2015

What can one build with the excrement of an assassinated American president?

by Anonymousreply 3110/25/2015

I wanted Tinker Toys, all I had was Lincoln Logs. Never had Legos. I think LL where cheapest, Tinker Toys in the middle, Legos more expensive.

LL where more durable. Easy to break TT when a little kid is rough-housing.

by Anonymousreply 3210/26/2015

Tinker toys sucked for budding engineers and architects because the lengths and angles were pre-set, and you couldn't venture beyond certain trusses.

by Anonymousreply 3310/26/2015

Hit send too soon --

The most bitchin' construction set were Montessori peas and straws -- they let you make any angle you wanted with any lengths you wanted.

by Anonymousreply 3410/26/2015

Had both, plus Erector Sets

by Anonymousreply 3510/26/2015

Lincoln Logs were fucking dreary. Though I had loads of them to work with (inherited from a much older brother), the possibilities were extremely limited: you could build a cabin, or some limited non-building-like "structures", but the module was really geared just to that one thing and even imaginative kids ran hard up against the limitations of the design. A goddamned log cabin. A rectangle with a pre-made green roof. Done. Next.

by Anonymousreply 3610/26/2015

Weren't the Lincoln Logs plastic? They were in the 70's.

by Anonymousreply 3710/26/2015

I preferred Lee Logs

by Anonymousreply 3810/26/2015

[quote]The toy sets were originally made of redwood, with varying colors of roof pieces. In the 1970s the company unsuccessfully introduced sets made entirely of plastic, but soon reverted to real wood.

[quote] They were invented [in 1916] by John Lloyd Wright, second son of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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by Anonymousreply 3910/26/2015

There were very few plastic toys in the '50s. No Legos, for example. Pretty much everything was wood or metal (Tonka trucks anyone?)

by Anonymousreply 4010/26/2015

I prefer Captain's Logs myself.

by Anonymousreply 4110/26/2015

r13 And did you throw them off the Tallahatchie Bridge?

by Anonymousreply 4210/26/2015

Granny done throwd my Lincoln Logs inta the ceement pond, bless her heart. I had ta fish 'em out with a stick. Good thing they floated!

by Anonymousreply 4310/26/2015

I used to make lovely little parasols from Tinker Toys which I would twirl coyly above my silken tressed head.

And then I'd go dial the phone with a pencil...

by Anonymousreply 4410/26/2015

Didn't Bea Arthur leave one of those in Betty Whites dressing room?

by Anonymousreply 4510/26/2015

I was a child of the 90s. We had K-Nex. They were awesome.

by Anonymousreply 4605/24/2020

We were poor so I didn’t have character toys, but I did get a used set of Lincoln Logs. I created little villages and used the smallest pieces as people and created my own “characters” from Lincoln Logs.

I bought a set for my nephew. They were never used. Or even opened.

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