Hello, I am Ole Kirk Christiansen and I am going to tell you a story about how my carpentry wooden toy business became the famous plastic brick.
It all started in 1916, a master joiner and carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen(ake me) opened a woodworking shop. I mad wooden ladders and metal iron boards, but then I decided to make wooden toys. In 1924 my shop cot on fire and destroyed everything but that didn't stop me I built a new workshop.
In 1929 the stock market crashed and caused the great depression and I also lost my wife:c in 1932. after that, I struggled to make ends meet. I had to let go of my workers. I also decided to make my wooden toys cheaper to sell. I named the company LEGO which means "leg godt" or "play well".
In 1942 Germany took over denmark and another fire burned down the new factory. After world war 2 ended plastics where being used to make things cheaper. 1947. Despite the ban, Christiansen bought Denmark’s first plastic-injection molding machine in 1946 and began to experiment with it for his toys. In 1947, he was finally allowed to use it for goods he could sell and by 1949, the company was creating a plastic product called the Automatic Binding Brick.
Christensen and his son, Godtfred, made improvements on the British design and began selling plastic bricks in 1949. Though they were not LEGO’s most popular toys, they became more and more popular as the years passed.
I Ole Kirk died in 1952, just as my son was on the verge of using the simple Automatic Binding Bricks as the basis of a full-blown “System of Play.” Designed on the principle that all blocks should interlock and be interrelated and increase both the imaginative potential of kids.