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Duncan Junior (mini)
Exhibit #3546
TypeProduction
ShapeStandard (-)
AxleFixed String
FinishPainted
ColorRed/green
PackagingBubble Carded
ConstructionThree piece wood
ResponseNone
GapFixed
ConditionMint in Package
Date1960
To1964
OwnerRick Brough
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A wooden Duncan Junior Yo-Yo from about 1960-1964. This model was free when you bought the extra large size (7 oz.) of Crest toothpaste, made by Proctor & Gamble. The yo-yos were made available at the point-of-sale and not through a mail order giveaway.

Junior yo-yo is gold stamped on both sides with "Duncan Junior Yo®Yo". One halve is green and the other halve is red. The small diameter of the yo-yo made it the perfect size for smaller hands.

Still mint on the card. The red side is perfectly stamped; the stamp on the green side is only about 95% complete.

Compare to the following other Duncan Junior models:

Duncan Junior - free inside boxes of Post cereal from the early 1960s.
Duncan Junior - plastic Imperial version from the early 1960s.
Duncan Junior - plastic pseudo-butterfly from the early 1970s.

Ironically, Duncan also gave away their Life Saver yo-yo for free inside Beech-Nut's Life Saver yo-yo bag of fun–from approximately the same time period. So, you could chew all the Fruit Stripe gum and eat the Life Saver candy inside the bag of fun, then brush your teeth clean with Crest, all while having yo-yo fun. Clever marketing.

To see all mini yo-yos in this museum, in the left panel, click Exhibits. In the right pane, in the Name/Model field, type mini, then click Browse.
Other Views
Side A, large
Close-up of side A face
Side B, large

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