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WHAM-O By Euphrates
Wham-O was founded in 1948, and have since given kids some of the most imaginative and
enduring toys ever. From the Frisbee (initially named the Pluto Platter), the flying saucer
that is now as American as woofing your approval when the local sports team scores a touchdown, to the Superball, the
bouncing ball with 50,000 pounds of compressed energy. Or what about the Hoola Hoop? Ever
hear of that one?
One of the best things about Wham-O toys is that they coaxed kids out of the house and in to the back yard to throw Frisbees, play in the Fun Fountain sprinkler, shoot birds with wooden slingshots or make beachball-sized bubbles with the Bubble Thing.
There were also some great indoor toys bearing the Wham-O logo. There was a series of Jay Ward Bendees, including Rocky, Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Giant Comics and SuperElasticBubblePlastic. Remember that stuff? It was a dollop of sticky compound that you would insert a small straw into, to blow up into a wildy-colored plastic balloon.
Vintage Wham-O toys are extremely collectible today, but, if you don't have to have the original, Wham-O has been re-releasing some of their most popular toys. You can buy new versions of old favorites like Superballs, Frisbee Horseshoes and Trac Ball and head out to the backyard!
Partial List of Wham-O Toys head out to the backyard!
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