Metal slinky in original cardboard box. Slinky is a flexible wire coil. Box is black and white with orange, yellow and blue print; on front: "walks / down / stairs! / slinky / BY JAMES INDUSTRIES".
(Keywords: Twentieth Century)
|Acquisition||Gift of Maxine Friedman|
|Ownership and History||
This slinky 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.
An industrial spring was the inspiration for the slinky. In 1943 Richard James, a naval engineer, noticed a spring bouncing and began to experiment with different types of steel to create a wire toy.
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