WORLD'S FIRST SLINKY
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What was the world's first Slinky?
What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs,
And makes a slinkity sound?
A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing,
Everyone knows it’s Slinky…
It's Slinky, it's Slinky, for fun it's a wonderful toy
It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun for a girl and a boy
The year was 1943 and a clumsy
Richard James, a US marine engineer knocked a torsion spring off a table and and
watched it roll around on the floor. Later that day he told his wife: "I
think there could be a toy in this." The couple got a $500 loan and
experimented, producing 400 of the new toys. Richards wife, Betty scanned
through the dictionary and came up with the name "Slinky", defined as a
Swedish word meaning stealthy, sleek and sinuous.
In November 1945 Richard and Betty James set up a ramp
at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia to demonstrate the Slinky's walking
skills and to sell them for a springy $1.00.
The Slinky was an instant hit and
in 1948 they built a factory in Philadelphia, later relocating their
headquarters to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
A Slinky From 1945
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