Treasure Chest Thursday – The Bricks

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Treasures and Curiosities

In a big bag on the back shelf in my store room is a toy remaining from Papa’s childhood. The bag is made from some fabric M-in-L had around. A quick search on E-bay shows that many sets of these hard plastic bricks have survived.


The original can was long gone when Papa and I married almost forty-one years ago. These bricks hold special meaning for us, F-in-L was a bricklayer. Papa took an apprenticeship beginning at sixteen, and laid brick during his college years, and for some time after his graduation. In those days, as now, jobs were hard to come by, and we were glad he had his trade to fall back on. I remember asking him how his day went, and he would say, “One on top of two, all day long.”

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These toy bricks have been enjoyed by our children, and our grandchildren. I wonder how many more generations will consider them worth keeping?

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    • Apple on May 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

    We were just talking about how legos have changed over the years. I don’t remember my brother having any but my oldest son played with them for hours on end.
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  1. I remember my brother having these!
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  2. These are actually called “American Bricks”, and were not made by the same company as Legos are. I found an interesting history here. Thanks for reading and commenting, Apple.

    • TK on May 15, 2010 at 7:38 am

    It’s a pity they stopped making these. I’m not a big fan of the color riot that is Lego. I was looking at the gallery at that link, Pam, and the buildings are so attractive with the simple red and white color scheme. Wish I’d had a big bag of these when I was growing up!
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  3. They actually look like bricks. If you saw Papa’s comment on FB he said that he can still make a killer building with them, and he can. :>). Our oldest daughter, the civil engineer, wonders if the whole building thing going on when she was a child contributed to her career choice. Who knows?

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