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Object Name Yo-yo
Date ca. 1960s
Description Round plastic yo-yo. Front is white with red edge and has a gold butterfly logo [above an R in a circle, indicating a registered trademark] and inscription "GENUINE / DUNCAN / BUTTERFLY / YO-YO". Back is yellow and white. A string is wound around the center.
(Keywords: Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of Maxine Friedman
Ownership and History Yo-yos first became popular in the United States during the Great Depression. Manufacturer Donald F. Duncan promoted the toy by encouraging players to learn a variety of tricks. Duncan introduced plastic yo-yos in the 1950s and began television marketing in 1962. The company was purchased by Flambeau Products in 1968, but manufacturing continued under the same name.

This yo-yo was acquired specifically for inclusion in the "TOYS!" exhibition at Historic Richmond Town. Displayed as part of a section titled "Making Things Move," it is an example of a toy that encourages physical exploration and dexterity. While playing, children learn how their bodies work and how they can act upon objects in the world around them.
Earliest Date 1960
Latest Date 1975
Subjects Toys
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Catalog Number 97.033.0005
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2014.
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