facts about the invention of Bouncing Putty
by inventor James Wright in 1943 and the
introduction of Silly Putty by Peter Hodgson 1950.
|The story of American
commerce has always been as much one of marketing as it has of invention. A famous
example of what can be achieved by taking a product and repackaging it is provided by the
stroke of genius that seized a New Haven, Connecticut store owner named Peter
|During World War II, James Wright
working for the General Electric laboratories had produced a synthetic, pliable rubber
that was cheap and useful for a lot of small jobs as a caulking and molding medium.
With the war over, a large supply existed, and no one seemed to have any idea what to do
with it. Mr. Hodgson came up with one. He bought a large amount, put it into
plastic eggs, and sold it to children under the name Silly Putty. Kids could use it
to make spiders and snakes, ware it on their faces at Halloween, and even lift comic-strip
pictures right off the pages of the Sunday funnies.
|Currently Silly Putty brand
products come in more than 15 different colors in the unmistakable egg-shaped packaging.
Kids today continue to discover and marvel over Silly Putty's unique properties that allow
it to be bounced, stretched and molded into a multitude of wacky shapes.
Toy and Game
History from The Great
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
by Charlotte Foltz Jones, John O'Brien (Illustrator) / Paperback - 48 pages (1994) / Doubleday
Recounting the fascinating stories behind the accidental inventions of forty familiar
objects and products.
Stories Behind Some Great Inventions
by Don L. Wulffson, Laurie Keller / Hardcover - 128 pages (2000) / Henry Holt &
The quirky tales behind more than two dozen novelties, gadgets and games, from seesaws to
Silly Putty and toy soldiers to Trivial Pursuit.
The Incredible Secret Formula Book: Make Your Own Rock Candy, Jelly
Snakes, Face Paint, Slimy Putty, and 55 More Awesome Things
by Shar Levine, Leslie Johnstone / Paperback - 64 pages (April 15, 2001) / Troll
This outrageous book is packed with great things to make with common, easy-to-find
ingredients. All recipes include step-by-step instructions, and the activities are coded
to indicate "Adult Help," Long Time," and "Don't Eat."
ON THE WEB:
Invention Dimension -
Inventor of the Week
Information about the inventor of Silly Putty and the role an unemployed ad man
named Peter Hodgson played in the development of Silly Putty.
Silly Putty Site
The History of the "Real Solid Liquid®" and a timeline for Silly Putty from
Framed copies of vintage 60's silly putty ads for sale.
History of Plastics
We all know the many ways that plastics contribute to our health, safety and peace of
mind. But how did the material plastic come about?
Everything you need to know about Silly Putty including some great artwork.
The Useless Putty
Useless originally, people have since used it to lift images off the
comic pages, and cleaned typewriter keys with it. Astronauts even took
it aboard Apollo 8 to stick down tools in zero gravity!
DID YOU KNOW:
- More than 300 million eggs of Silly
Putty have been sold since 1950. That is 4,500 tons
- Silly Putty is recommended by many
therapists as an ideal stress reliever because of the calming effect
playing with Silly Putty can have on your nerves
- Artist George Horner sculpts Silly
Putty into unique creations which he sells for up to $2,000 each!
- A golden touch was added to Silly
Putty for the 50th Anniversary with the introduction of Metallic Gold
- A collection of Silly Putty products
and historical materials now resides at the Smithsonian Institution’s
National Museum of American History in recognition of the role Silly
Putty has played in American history and culture.
a registered trademark of Binney & Smith.
Sources in BOLD Type
page revised August 22, 2005.
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