The Wright Blocks is an abstract building/construction toy. Invented by architect John Lloyd Wright and patentend in 1949. Sets are sold between 1950 till 1955.
Interesting article: savewright.org (#1)
Patent: Issued in April 1932
Both Wright Blocks patented in Great Britain & USA: GB402260A & US1894605A.
Finaly a glimps, of what John Lloyd Wright had in mind, for using these blocks… Still looking for building manual.
Box & content
There were 2 sets available, consisting of 36 and 70 parts. In the box you will find 8 different type of colored wooden interlocking blocks.
It would be very interesting what building intentions John Lloyd Wright had in mind. Please send me a copy of a manual.
According source 1: Probably some time in the mid-1950s, Wright developed a prototype for another toy construction block set, the “Timber Toy”. The set was including walls & floors. If you have any more information, please let me know!
Here mostlikely copy of these patents, issued inf 1935 & 1938:
(I have to say, some of those parts are very simular like the wooden Dometo building set.)
Furhter reading: “Barry Byrne and John Lloyd Wright: Architecture and Design” (Chicago Historical Society, 1982, pp 64-5)
Some system characteristics
Here a short list of some system characteristics and how it’s retrofitted into the virtual LeoCAD library:
|All parts||Wood||Single color pieces|
|Bay size||1.5 inch?||30 [mm]|
|Draw line every X studs||3|
|Snap XY||1 [mm] (1/20 Stud)|
|Snap Z||1 [mm] (1/20 Stud)|
Here an overview of the parts library:
This category, consists of these part types:
|Part types:||Numer of parts:|
Building in LeoCAD
Somehow very appealing construction/building toy. I like the colors and the shapes. I guess my kids would definately build with it, creating al kind of fantasy/abstract buildings and structures…