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Play-Doh (1950s)

Play-Doh started out “life” as
a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. A Cincinnati teacher
told creator Joe McVicker that children found modelling clay too difficult to manipulate. McVicker shipped the school his concoction of flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oil. The kids loved it! In 1955 McVicker showcased his compound at a national education convention and word soon spread to national retail chains, like Macy’s and Marshall Field’s. In 1956 Play-Doh received its name and first came in primary colors. Over the years colors have expanded, glitter was sometimes added and Play-Doh can even glow in the dark. Fun Factory teamed up and let Play-Doh masquerade as “hair” or “swirling ice cream” and so much more.

Recent estimates say over the years that children have played with 700 million pounds of Play-Doh! Play-Doh was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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