The History of LEGO

November 9, 2018

 

LEGO is one of the biggest toy manufacturers ever, yet many do not know the humble beginnings of this corporate giant. Ole Kirk Christiansen, born 1891, was a carpenter in Denmark. He was not doing well financially, so he had to fire all his workers and sell most of his stuff. It was not until one day when Ole made a little toy for his children that he got the idea to make toys as a profession. People quickly got news of the high-quality toys that Ole was making.

Ole built a big company out of barely anything, but sales for their toys were still low. They came up with the name “LEGO” which boosted their sales Soon after, Ole came across a plastic molder which he found tremendous interest in. His company and family were unsure of his plans to use the plastic molder, but when they started selling plastic toys, more people bought them, and their sales went even higher. Ole still saw potential in the plastic molder because of the small bricks that it produced. He saw how these blocks could be used and soon put them on the market.

Lego continued to sell these small blocks, but they noticed a crucial flaw: when built, the blocks could not be moved, or the structure would collapse. They tried to fix this problem, but making the blocks stick was easier said than done. They finally found out that using pegs on the bottom of the blocks worked the best and soon the manufactured their new product. The bricks became LEGO's main product and there most popular. Ole did not live to see his company grow but he would have been very proud.

LEGO is very similar to C&C in how we both use blocks. C&C is often called “the block school” and LEGO is a company that specializes in making toy bricks. Although many people don't know the origins of LEGO, it has become one of the worlds biggest toy manufacturers, and it has continued to grow every day.


 

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