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Whirl-King Standard Model - small crown
Exhibit #3521
TypeProduction
ShapeStandard (-)
AxleFixed
ColorRed/ blue
PackagingNone
ConstructionThree piece wood
ResponseNone
GapFixed
Condition9
Date1949
OwnerRick Brough
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The Whirl-King Return Top was made in the U.S.A. by Sock-It Company, Inc., High Point, North Carolina. The Sock-It Company made the Fli-Back Yo-Yo in the early 60s. Eventually, the Sock-It Company changed its name to the Fli-Back Sales Corporation, and continued to operate out of High Point until the mid 1960s.

Whirl-King yo-yos were three piece construction meaning, two wooden halves glued onto a wooden axle. In almost all cases, the small crown and the large crown versions had one red halve and one blue halve. The small crown version is uncommon and harder to find compared to the large crown version. Sock-It brand yo-yos were considered an alternate, cheaper version to Duncan yo-yos. As a result, they tended to suffer more in quality. The yo-yos had wider string gaps compared to Duncan yo-yos from the same time period and the halves were often slightly uneven in diameter, making the yo-yo unbalanced.

Sock-It also manufactured spin tops, toy rolling pins, paddle balls, rubber balls, sports balls for basketball, football, and volleyball.

Read more about the history of Fli-Back right here in the museum!
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