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Hi-Ker Flat-Top
Exhibit #3520
ShapeConcave )-(
ConstructionThree piece wood
OwnerRick Brough

The yo-yo in this exhibit was sold as "new, old stock." The Hi-Ker Original Flat-Top yo-yo was sold loose out of display boxes and also in a polybag with a header card stapled to it.

Made out of wood, it has an identical shape to the original Duncan Butterfly. In Canada, Duncan sold their butterfly model under the name "Flat Top" too, but without the hyphen.

The seal on this model is quite difficult to find complete, especially when it comes to the ship. Usually the stern end, or the bow end, or both, of the aircraft carrier silouette is missing or partially missing from the seal. Only a very small portion of the ship's stern is missing from the model in this exhibit.

The butterfly-shaped yo-yo originally came out in 1958 as invented by Wayne Lundberg of Duncan. The Hi-Ker version likely came out soon afterward between 1958-1960. Around 1960, Wilfred Schlee Jr., owner of Hi-Ker yo-yos sold Hi-Ker to Duncan, who then let the brand completely die off.

A little known fact is that Hiker (its original spelling) originally began in Victoria, British Columbia in the very early 1930s. They made toys, woodenware, and auto traffic signals. The yo-yo manufacturing portion was eventually moved to Ontario sometime in the early to mid 1930s.
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Side A, face, large
Side B, angled, large

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