The slinky is an iconic toy that has retained its popularity since its invention. The device itself is quite a simple spring design, but it performs a number of tricks that are very popular with children. The most memorable trick is the slinky traveling down a flight of stairs without any assistance. It was added to the Toy Hall of Fame in 2000 and was named as one of the most creative and memorable toys of the 20th century by the Toy Industry Association. If you have ever wondered who invented this amazing toy, read on to find out.
Who invented the slinky?
The Slinky was invented by Richard James who was a naval engineer. In 1943, he was working with springs to stabilize items aboard ships. While working with his ideas, he knocked a spring off the shelf and watched it move by itself. He instantly thought that it would make a great toy and went about finding a material to improve the design. A year later he had perfected the design and his wife named the toy Slinky. They took a $500 loan to found a company and made 400 Slinkys to be sold for $1 each. They originally had trouble selling the toy, but after getting permission to set up a display in the toy section of Gimbles in 1945 all 400 units sold within 90 minutes. Since this time they have created many other forms of Slinky toys, but the original remains very popular. In fact, over 300 million Slinkys have been sold since their invention.