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Are Your Kids' Toys Hall-of-Fame Worthy?

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The Slinky® was accidentally invented in 1943, when engineer Richard James was working to create springs that could keep sensitive ship equipment steady at sea. After knocking a few samples off a shelf, he watched them "walk" down off the shelves instead of just falling.

And so the Slinky® was born. Although initial sales were sluggish, its popularity soared during Christmas of 1945 when Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia allowed demonstrations for customers. By the end of the 20th century, over 250 million Slinky's® had been sold worldwide.

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