Ole Kirk Christiansen
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|Ole Kirk Christiansen|
7 April 1891|
Filskov, South Jutland, Denmark
|Died||11 March 1958
|Known for||Founding the Lego company.|
(m. 1916–1932; her death)
|Children||4 (including Godtfred)|
Christiansen was born in Filskov, South Jutland, Denmark, the 10th son of an impoverished family in Jutland. He trained as a carpenter and started making wooden toys in 1932 to make a living after having lost his job during the depression. Soon after, his wife, Kirstine, died, leaving him to raise his four sons. Christiansen was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children. He never remarried. He soon learned his sons loved the new toy and decided to put the ducks into production, using the leftover wood from his old business.
In 1942, a fire broke out at the factory forcing them to rebuild. Initially, he made miniature versions of the houses and furniture as he worked on as a carpenter, but in 1947 moved to using plastics, which were originally small plastic bears and rattles. By 1949 he had produced over 200 plastic and wooden toys.