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The History of Legos

If not for a series of tragedies, LEGOs may never have been created. Danish woodworker Ole Kirk Christiansen lost his shop to a fire multiple times, had his business crippled by the Great Depression, and lost his wife. But in the face of personal and financial ruin, he refused to give up. Despite restrictions, he purchased Denmark’s first plastic-injection molding machine and began selling plastic bricks in 1949 – these became the basis of the beloved toy we know today as LEGO.

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