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DOLL MADE ITS DEBUT ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy
Fair in New York City.

Eleven inches tall, with a waterfall of blond hair, Barbie was the first mass-
produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. The woman
behind Barbie was Ruth Handler (below), who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with
her husband in 1945. After seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls
to play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there
was an important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls to
imagine the future.

Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German
comic strip character.

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Mattell founders Ruth and Elliot Handler with a Barbie doll.

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Ruth Marianna Handler(Mosko)
(November 4, 1916 – April 27, 2002)


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FIRST FRISBEES PRODUCED ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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On January 23, 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company rolled out the
first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs—now known to millions of
fans all over the world as Frisbees. 

The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William
Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby
universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling “Frisbie!”
as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren
Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer”
that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After
splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and
sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter”–an attempt
to cash in on the public craze over space and
Unidentified Flying Objects
(UFOs).


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Walter Fredrick "Fred" Morrison
(January 23, 1920 – February 9, 2010)

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Aviator Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight on this day in
1933. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours,  and 49
minutes. He was the first aviator to accomplish the feat. He began
the journey on July 15, flying nonstop to Berlin.

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Wiley Hardeman Post (November 22, 1898 – August 15, 1935)

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The “Winnie Mae” is on display at a branch of the Smithsonian’s
National Air and Space Museum.

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YOU ONCE USED A REAL POTATO FOR THIS !

The toy Mr. Potato Head was invented and developed by George Lerner in
1949, and first manufactured and distributed by
Hasbro in 1952. Mr. Potato
Head was the first toy
advertised on TV and has remained in production
since its debut. The toy was originally produced as separate plastic parts
with pushpins that could be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable, but
due to complaints regarding rotting vegetables and new government safety regulations, Hasbro began including a plastic potato body within the toy set
in 1964.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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George Lerner (1922–1995)

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TOY TRAINS FOR CHRISTMAS GIVING IN 1911

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The Ives Manufacturing Corporation made toy trains from 1868 to
1932.  For decades, Ives made clockwork trains, but created its
first electric train in 1910.

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