The 16th of September’s World Play-Doh Day marked the 60th anniversary of Hasbro’s ever popular Play-Doh, the modeling clay (which the company prefers referring to as ‘compound’ for some or other reason) that most kids simply can’t get enough of.
Inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998, did you know that Play-Doh modeling compound started out as wallpaper cleaner?
Taken from the Toy Hall of Fame induction page: “Joe McVicker learned from a teacher that kids usually found modeling clay too hard to manipulate. Discovering that the squishy cleaning product he manufactured could substitute, McVicker shipped some to the school. After teachers and kids raved, he offered to supply the product to all Cincinnati schools. More rave reviews followed. McVicker showcased the modeling clay at a national education convention in 1955, and word spread to Macy’s and Marshall Field’s. By 1956, the wallpaper cleaner had become Play-Doh and a year later, the manufacturer offered a softer Play-Doh in primary colors.”
Of course, these four original colours eventually morphed into the 50 or so colours currently available, and this iconic children’s toy is estimated to have sold more than 3 billion cans of compound since 1956!
In 2006, to commemorate 50 years of Play-Doh fun, September the 16th was deemed National Play-Doh Day, and fast forward to 2015, the popularity of Play-Doh expanded this to World Play-Doh Day. (It’s sold in more than 80 countries around the world!)
Oh, and in 2011 it was added to TIME Magazine’s list of “All Time 100 Greatest Toys.”
So yes, there is a lot to be proud of if you are into these yellow tubs of squishy playfulness! #Playdoh60 #Worldplaydohday
Related Link: Play-Doh SA | Wikipedia