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#NationalSlinkyDay is August 30th

Did you know that August 30th was National Slinky Day?  Who knew that a simple metal spring toy could turn out to be one of the world's most iconic toys despite all of the technology that has increased around it.  

Slinky has been around for close to 75 years!  It originated as a mishap in a warehouse and turned into an inspiration for the toy that it is today.  A toy that is now inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame and named one of the 100 most memorable and creative toys of the 20th century.

The slinky is a simple toy with a unique design which is what attributes to it's success.  It has captivated children and adults by walking down stairs on it's own. 

Do you recall the slinky song?  I can hear it clearly in my mind.  I use to love singing along with the commercial when I was a little girl.  Check out this retro Slinky commercial!

Slinky can be played with in so many fun ways and requires no instructions.  It is easy to carry, great for travel and made right here in the USA.  It continues to capture the imagination of people of all different ages, all over the world.  Be on the lookout for a fun new Slinky brand toy from Alex Brands, coming soon!

Some fun facts below:
  • The Slinky was invented and developed by naval engineer Richard T. James in 1943 and demonstrated at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia in November 1945. The toy was a hit, selling its entire inventory of 400 units in ninety minute
  • During the Vietnam War, U.S. soldiers used Slinkys as mobile radio antennas. 
  • Slinky is the Official State Toy of Pennsylvania. Today, all Slinky’s are made in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, using the original equipment designed and engineered by Richard James. 
  • Each Slinky is made from 80 feet of wire which folds up in 10 seconds.
  • NASA used the springy toy for zero-gravity physics experiments in space.
  • The Slinky song is the longest-running jingle in advertising history.
  • In its first 60 years, more than 300 million have been sold worldwide and in excess of 50,000 tons of wire has been used since the first Slinky went into production.
  • If you joined them all up they would encircle the earth more than 126 times.

You can learn more about Slinky and the entire line of Slinky toys available by visiting: 


Disclosure:  I received a slinky to review.