Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Slinky

Slinky

An image of a slinky in the foreground with books on a bookshelf in the background.

Invented by accident in a Philadelphia shipyard, the Slinky has become one of the most popular toys in the world. (Photograph by Arthur Murphy for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia)

Invented by accident in a Philadelphia shipyard, the Slinky has become one of the most popular toys in the world. The first order of Slinkys (400 in total) arrived at Gimbels department store in November 1945 and sold out in ninety minutes. The toy has known international success, having walked on the Great Wall of China and blasted into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1985. (Photograph by Arthur Murphy for the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia)

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