Lego vs. Legos: Americanism? Regionalism?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 30 23:07:08 UTC 2007

I've seen those things! I just  had no idea what they were called.


On 7/30/07, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
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> On Jul 30, 2007, at 3:03 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> > At least 40 years, Beverly?! Damn! "Unhip" is one thing, "totally
> > clueless" is another. I thought that Lego was something new, like
> > within the past five years or so. I remember Lincoln Logs, but that's
> > about it. IAC, thank you for the description of it. "Live and learn,"
> > to coin a phrase.
> from the wikipedia page:
> In 1949, Lego began producing the now-famous interlocking bricks,
> calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks". These bricks were based
> largely on the design of Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were
> released in the UK in 1947. The first Lego bricks, manufactured from
> cellulose acetate, were developed in the spirit of traditional wooden
> blocks that could be stacked upon one another; however, these plastic
> bricks could be "locked" together. They had several round "studs" on
> top, and a hollow rectangular bottom. The blocks snapped together,
> but not so tightly that they could not be pulled apart.
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> i played with them as a kid, well over 50 years ago.
> arnold
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