Wednesday

Remember This? The Slinky

Remember the Slinky toy? - the mesmerizing metal "spring" that could walk down stairs and that you could "juggle" with? I will disregard the later plastic version, which I consider a proof of the admonition made famous (in our home) by my late mother-in-law: "Plastic is great, but that doesn't mean you should use it for everything."

The Slinky came into being in the early 1940s, an invention by husband and wife team Richard and Betty James. It debuted in Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, PA and has since sold around 300 million units.

The toy was kid-powered - no batteries required - and also had some educational value, as it presented an experience with forces, action and reaction, and so on. Mostly tough, it was just fun.


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