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Original Slinky Frog

pull toy

The Slinky failed as a part for a meter to measure horsepower on World War II-era battleships, but it succeeded immensely as a toy for the baby-boom generation and their descendants. Designed in 1943 by marine engineer Richard T. James, the Slinky began humbly enough when James abandoned his job as an air-conditioner salesman, borrowed $500, and, after slow sales, convinced Gimbel's department store in Philadelphia to grant him space for an in-store demonstration. After the show, the store sold 21,000 Slinkies in three weeks; in the years since its introduction during the 1945 Christmas season, more than 250 million Slinkies have been sold. Slinky pull-toys appeared in the early 1950s, represented by the most famous Slinky Dog. The firm made many different designs over the years, keeping and updating the most popular examples.

ManufacturerJames Industries, Inc.
Materialmetal | plastic | cardboard | string
OriginCoatesville, PA
Object ID116.45

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