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Happy 70th Birthday! Slinky

Slinky

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 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, millions and millions of Slinkies have been sold.

ManufacturerAlex Brands
Materialmetal | cardboard
OriginCanton, Mi
Object ID115.410
Credit LineGift of Diane Olin

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