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How old are these Lego plates?

RirinetteRirinette CanadaMember Posts: 84
I came across these three plates in my pile of LEGO. They seem to have an ancient logo, but I am unable to find out the time period for this one. Can someone help?

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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0
    edited May 2016
    I summon @Istokg
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  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    In the meantime, "Pat pend" means pre-1974.
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  • mpfirnhabermpfirnhaber Member Posts: 65
    That logo was only used by Samsonite, who was licensed to produce/distribute Lego in the US and Canada starting about 1961. The US license ended in the early 70s, while the Canadian license lasted until the mid 80s. 

    Nice specimens. Light gray and green were only used for small plates during that period, and they aren't so easy to come by. 
    catwranglerRirinettekiki180703
  • brumeybrumey AustriaMember Posts: 994
    i have some red and white 2x4 bricks that have this logo. 

    thx for the info!
  • RirinetteRirinette CanadaMember Posts: 84
    That logo was only used by Samsonite, who was licensed to produce/distribute Lego in the US and Canada starting about 1961. The US license ended in the early 70s, while the Canadian license lasted until the mid 80s. 

    Nice specimens. Light gray and green were only used for small plates during that period, and they aren't so easy to come by. 
    Thanks for the info! I am somewhat amused at how imperfect these logo prints were. What should I do with them? Frame them or something? :-D
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 475
    I found a batch of Samsonite bricks a while back as well, also had one of the Logos at a bit of a jaunty angle! Bit of warping on some of them, too. Are the studs on the right plate taller than usual? Remember Isotg mentioning that they were sometimes taller from retooling the molds.
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 480
    This style of logo is from the 60s.  Samsonite had mostly moved away from the by the late 60s. But they could still be found in sets until the early 70s. Samsonite, like Lego, used everything.  If these are CA the are from the eary 60s, otherwise they are from the mid 60s. 
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  • RirinetteRirinette CanadaMember Posts: 84
    If these are CA the are from the eary 60s, otherwise they are from the mid 60s. 
    Sorry, what do you mean by CA? #n00b
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 480
    CA is cellulose acetate.  It's the original plastic Lego used.  
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  • mpfirnhabermpfirnhaber Member Posts: 65
    Samsonite is notorious for producing low-quality parts. I have bricks with every stud logo rotated a different direction, or with the logo on one stud upside-down compared to the rest. I even have bricks with two logos on each stud!
  • LusiferSamLusiferSam MontanaMember Posts: 480
    Ririnette said:
    What should I do with them? Frame them or something? :-D
    All up to you.  These aren't that rare.  The first several that you find are fun and special, but then you realize how easy they are to find.  Samsonite bricks aren't common, more harder to find than rare.
  • RirinetteRirinette CanadaMember Posts: 84
    Last night I found 2 small plates 1x4, same color and material, but no logo. Is that even possible for LEGO bricks or are these fake? The underside is also slightly different. Will post pictures later tonight since I forgot to put them aside and they went back in the bag. 
  • RirinetteRirinette CanadaMember Posts: 84
    In the meantime, I have found this website with a lot of info on old LEGO and clones. I will have to confirm, but these plates might be Betta Bilda, unless I find a Lego logo somewhere.

    http://www.inverso.pt/legos/index.htm


    catwranglerkiki180703
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