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Pogo Sticks

October 17, 2009

Ever wonder where Pogo Sticks came from?

Well, they've practically been around since the turn of the 20th century, when American inventor George Hansburg designed and painted wooden sticks that aided in jumping and hopping for sale in Germany. In 1919, U.S. toy manufacturer The Gimble Bros. ordered a large quantity of the wooden invention, but the shipment became waterlogged on the way.

The company sent Hansburg back to the drawing board, requesting something much sturdier (and water-retardant). Instead of giving the design back to the Gimbles when he mastered it, Hansburg decided to start his own company-SBI Enterprises-and market the toy himself.

The sturdier toys reached the height of their popularity in the '20s, when even the Ziegfield Follies and the New York Hippodrome chorus girls featured Pogo-jumpers.

To this day, Pogo Sticks are great nostalgic gifts for kids and adults alike.

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