Today is International Lego Day, because the patent for the modern Lego brick design was filed on this day in 1958. Lego began in the workshop of a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen. He began making wooden toys in 1932, and began producing plastic toys in 1947. By 1951, plastic toys accounted for half of the Lego company’s output. The modern brick design was developed in 1958. Lego produces around 36 billion bricks per year, and as of July 2015, 600 billion Lego bricks had been produced. Lego bricks were one of the original inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame, and in 2015 they replaced Ferrari as Brand Finance’s “World’s Most Powerful Brand”.
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