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I thought that some of you might be interested in the snippet of trivia below which was shared with Ambassadors by one of the CEE guys. The CEE team had the opportunity to attend a presentation by colleagues in Materials and R&D and the question of why LEGO refer to tan as brick yellow was asked. Here's the answer:
"The name Brick yellow comes as a direct translation of the Danish name for the color: “Tegl Gul” – tegl meaning Brick (or mursten – not sure of other English words for it). Back then all colors were named in Danish and then later translated. The color Brick Yellow was implemented back when Modulex was a part of the moulding at LEGO and at the same time the color 004 Brick Red (Tegl Rød) was also available. As I also mentioned yesterday the original use was for brick walls for houses – so to imitate red or yellow houses.”