I hope all of you had a good Halloween weekend, I’m sure that you had a great time with your kids.
I`m not sure if I never told you that last year my first cousin was born.
Her name is Giulia, she`s funny and cute, I try through the technology to stay in touch with her as much as possible.
Sometimes my aunt, her mom, send me some funny and cool video or pictures about what she doing and things like that.
Is exactly after one of those picture that I decide to write this post.
So, my aunt send me a photo of Giulia making pizza with play-doh!!!
How cool is that? I loved play with play-doh and I know that my little cousin she loved too.
But now let`s get started and let me tell you some cool things about this funny toy.
The non-toxic, non-staining, reusable modeling compound that came to be known as “Play-Doh” was a pliable, putty-like substance concocted by Noah McVicker of Cincinnati-based soap manufacturer Kutol Products. It was devised at the request of Kroger Grocery, which wanted a product that could clean coal residue from wallpaper. Following World War II, with the transition from coal-based home heating to natural gas and the resulting decrease in internal soot, and the introduction of washable vinyl based wallpaper, the market for wallpaper cleaning putty decreased substantially.
McVicker’s nephew, Joe McVicker, joined Kutol with the remit to save the company from bankruptcy. Joe McVicker was the brother-in-law of nursery school teacher Kay Zufall, and Zufall had seen a newspaper article about making art projects with the wallpaper cleaning putty. Her students enjoyed it, and she persuaded Bill Rhodenbaugh (who also sold the putty) and Joe McVicker to manufacture it as a child’s toy. Zufall and her husband came up with the name Play-Doh; Joe McVicker and Rhodenbaugh had wanted to call it “Rainbow Modeling Compound”.
Joe McVicker took Play-Doh to an educational convention for manufacturers of school supplies, and Woodward & Lothrop, a department store in Washington DC began selling the compound.
In 1956, the McVickers formed the Rainbow Crafts Company to make and sell Play-Doh. Also in 1956, a three-pack of 7-ounce cans was added to the product line, and, after in-store demonstrations, Macy’s and Marshall Field’s opened retail accounts.
In 1957, chemist Dr.Tien Liu reduced Play Doh’s salt content (thus allowing models to dry without losing their color), and Play-Doh ads were telecast on Captain Kangaroo, Ding Dong School, and Romper Room. In 1958, Play-Doh’s sales reached nearly $3 million.
In 1964, Play-Doh was exported to Britain, France, and Italy. In the 1980s, its cardboard can (with a rust-prone metal bottom) was scuttled for a more cost effective plastic container. By 1965, Rainbow Crafts was issued a patent for Play-Doh.
Also in 1965, General Mills purchased Rainbow Crafts and all rights to Play-Doh for $3 million, placing the compound with its Kenner Products subsidiary. In 1971, Rainbow Crafts and Kenner Products merged, and, in 1987, the Tonka Corporation bought the two.
In 1991, Hasbro became Play-Doh’s owner, and continues to manufacture the product today through its preschool division. In 1996, gold and silver were added to Play-Doh’s palette to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
In 1960, the Play-Doh Fun Factory (a toy press that extrudes the compound in various shapes) was invented by Bob Boggild and Bill Dale. Over the years they were created a series of objects to use for play with the Play-Doh.
In 2012, “Play-Doh Plus” was created. It is lighter, more pliable, and softer than regular Play-Doh.
More than two billion cans of Play-Doh were sold between 1955 and 2005, and, in 2005, Play-Doh was being sold in 75 countries around the world at 95 million cans a year. In the United States, more than 6,000 stores carry Play-Doh.
To mark Play-Doh’s fiftieth anniversary, Demeter Fragrance Library created a limited-edition fragrance inspired by Play-Doh’s odor for “highly-creative people, who seek a whimsical scent reminiscent of their childhood.” ???
What can I say… did you know all this ??? I didn`t, it`s fabulous as a picture of my beautiful Giulia, delivered for fun, move my curiosity of the children’s` world and made me discover another extraordinary story.
I couldn`t wait to share it with you … I hope you enjoyed it, please let me know by commenting ….
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