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Flores Flores Yo-Yo - The Wonder Toy
Exhibit #2592
TypeProduction
ShapeStandard (-)
AxleFixed
PackagingNone
ConstructionOne piece wood
ResponseNone
Diameter48 mm
GapFixed
Condition9
Date1929
OwnerRick Brough
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Original wooden, one-piece Flores yo-yo from about the late 1920s. Nice vintage gray-blue body color and blue ink stamp. Notice the abbreviated words "Pat. Pend." in the stamp. The narrow gauge string, which is original to the yo-yo and still attached, is made from genuine silk. While it is difficult to tell--even by looking at the "Large" picture--in-person, the string has a slight sheen to it that you do not see in vintage cotton string. Flores yo-yos, around 1929-1930, came in three approximate diameters: 1 3/4 inch, 2 inch, and 2 1/4 inch. They were $1.80, $3.00, and $4.20 respectively, per dozen. That amount equates to 15 cents, 25 cents, and 35 cents each, respectively.

From a 1930 paper ad: "This marvelous ingenious little toy brings amusement and enjoyment alike to children and the grown-ups. Develops skill and patience in practice."

While it's challenging to know for sure whether the yo-yo in this exhibit is either used or "new", there are several interesting things to note. One is that the string is attached to the yo-yo's axle. That is, the yo-yo does not spin or "sleep" at the end of the string when you throw it. As such, many of the earliest Flores yo-yo models lack any display of "Walking the Dog" wear on the outside diameter. A yo-yo trick that was not well-known at the start of the first yo-yo craze.

Go back in time!
-Try out a modern replica of the original Flores-shaped yo-yo--the Oh-Gee--available from YoYoFactory's website (last checked May 5, 2017).
-Read the earliest known Flores yo-yo instruction pamphlet from the same time period.
-See the earliest known Flores Yo-Yo Contest 1st place trophy, also from the same time period.
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