A Trip to the 1940's-50's

The year of Inventions

Richard James accidentally made the slinky in 1943; while working on a device to keep fragile ship cargo from getting crushed he accidentally knocked over a sample, and watched it gracefully walk in amazement.

Silly putty was invented by a man named James Wright. He came upon the material by mixing silicone oil with boric acid. Silly putty acted almost exactly like rubber. Silly putty could also copy any printed image. When silly putty hit the stores in 1949 it sold faster than any other toy with over six million dollars in sales for the first year.

The Frisbee was invented by Fred Morrison in 1957. The original model was a lard can lid that Morrison had laying around his house. The word "Frisbee" came from the name of a pie company whos lids were also used along with the lard lid. When Morrison passed away in 2010, his ashes were molded into frisbees for his family.

Velcro is a fabric hook and loop fastener, invented in 1948 by a Swiss engineer George de Mestral. One morning he went for a walk with his dog, and seen that seed-sacs were attached to his dog. Then he examined it under his microscope, and had an idea to invent a unique two sided fastener called velcro; coming from the word velour and crochet.

The Jeep was invented by a man named Karl Pabst. During World War I, the U.S. needed a fast, lightweight all-terrain vehicle. In 1940, the Army called on the automotive companies to create the working prototype (fitting army specifications) in forty-nine days. Willy's truck company was the first company to create the right prototype. General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that America could not have won World War II without it.

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