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Since When Yo-Yo

This game was already played by the Greeks. We will find it everywhere and at all times. He will be all the rage again, around 1931, throughout Europe, where he will receive this mom. Previously, it had often appeared, disappeared, then reappeared under various names. In the 18th century, under the name of the devil, he was very successful. Watteau's L'Indifférent holds one.

Then he becomes the emigrate, or game of Coblence, of the French emigrants in revolutionary times. At the end of the 19th century, it was called a Diabolo. In the Philippines, it became a hunting weapon for small animals: borrowing it from the Spaniards, the natives adapted it for practical purposes.


The 1931 Yo-Yo came from America. By modifying the shape of the top to allow it to perform various maneuvers, Donald Franklin Duncan had found his way: he joined forces with the press magnate Randolph Hearst and launched children's competitions which made his success. model. When he sold his business in 1957, his factory-made sixty thousand Yo-Yos a day! With his first profits, Duncan had bought in 1936 the patent for an invention that the US Patent Office had just granted to Carl C.


Magee, Oklahoma City Citizen: The Urban Auto Parking Meter. His advertising to American municipalities was effective - or did they quickly realize that this was an almost magical way to increase their local revenues? In any case, when his business was resold in 1959, he manufactured 80% of American meters.

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