Lego’s Birthday: 80 years and an inspiring family history

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Whenever a celebrity – with an interesting family history – celebrates a birthday, we try and share it with you.

Today’s post isn’t about a person, but a product – one we all know and love – Lego.

This past weekend marked the 80th birthday of the famous family toy enjoyed for generations.

Very much a family business, Lego was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932. He built the company, with his bare hands, along with his son Godtfred, who became the company’s second owner, and the designer of the important inter-locking brick system. The company is today run by Kjeld, Godtfred’s son.

Three generations of the Christiansen family: Ole, Godtfred and Kjeld (Credit: http://www.brickfetish.com/timeline/1891.html)

Ole created the name Lego, combining the Danish words leg (play) and godt (well). In Latin, Lego also means ”I put together” – making it a truly appropriate name.

To celebrate its birthday, Lego created an animated film to share their founders’ family history and the company’s story. The Christiansen family is an example of how – in times of adversity –  family is a great inspiration and support. The Lego story is an important life lesson of how to make the best of every situation.

Do you remember playing with Lego? Share your Lego memories below.

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  • Richard


    August 14, 2012

    Yes I do remember playing with my lego set. In fact I still have most of my set intact. It gave me many hours of enjoyment.

  • Michelle Graham


    January 28, 2014

    My son grew up with Lego’s played with them for hours. Was his favorite and grew a large collection. We continued to add to his collection with my 4 yr. grandson his nephew who now plays with them for hours. Will continue to pass this down to future grandchildren and generations to come and add to as long as lego still continues to produce this wonderful product. We have never been to LegoLand but hoping to all get their someday. Thank you Lego for many of hour play and mind building by my son and his nephew.