These toys for budding architects were invented in 1913 by Charles Pajeau, an Evanston stonemason. Pajeau took his inspiration from (where else?) his kids, who played with pencils, sticks and empty spools of thread. He designed basic wooden parts could be assembled in many different ways, and the Toy Tinkers Company was born. The toys went plastic in 1992, losing a bit of their charm but ensuring that, unlike their wooden cousins, Lincoln Logs, Tinkeryours will be around for a while.