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.
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