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Silly Putty

The history of Silly Putty
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Emily Espersen

on 13 May 2013

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The Beginning The Invention Silly putty was invented in 1940 by, engineer James Wright. He invented it while trying to discover a synthetic rubber for WW2 in General Electric's laboratory in New Haven, Conn. When he discovered something unusual. In a test tube, Wright had combined boric acid and silicone oil, producing an interesting glob of goo. Wright conducted a multitude of tests on the substance and discovered it could bounce when dropped, stretch farther than regular rubber, didn't collect mold, and had a very high melting temperature. Unfortunately, though it was a fascinating substance, it didn't contain the properties needed to replace rubber. The Sales Fallgatter was convinced by an advertising consultant, Peter Hodgson, to start selling the goo for $2.00 a container. But after a year of strong sales Fallgatter decided to do drop what she called "bouncing putty" from her store.
Peter Hodgson saw an opportunity. He decided to start selling the "bouncing putty" for $1.00 a container. But, he thought the name "bouncing putty" didn't describe everything the putty did, so he changed the name to "Silly Putty".
Word of the new toy spread, and immediately orders for Silly Putty started pouring in, and by 1955 the toy had become a huge success. Timeline Fun facts Silly Putty can't pick up comics anymore. A change in the ink used in newspapers and other papers caused this famous party trick not to work anymore. By: Emily Espersen The History of Silly Putty Wright, thought there had to be some use for the goo but, he couldn't think of anything. So he sent samples to scientists around the world to think of ideas, but they couldn't think of any ideas either!
The "nutty putty" (as it was first called) began to be passed around from family to friends. In 1949, eventually the interesting goo made its way to Ruth Fallgatter, the owner of a toy store. 1940- Silly Putty was invented by
James Wright 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 1943- Samples are sent to engineers worldwide, they all tried to find practical uses of the goo,but none of them succeeded. 1949- Silly Putty makes its way to Ruth Fallgat-er, the owner of a toy store. She calls it bouncing putty and starts to sell it. -Ruth drops the putty from her sales. www.seeklogo.com 1950- Peter Hodgson, an advertising consultant, saw an opportunity.
He had Yale students put the putty in egg shaped containers and he sold them for a dollar each. http://www.gereports.com/the-amazing-origin-of-silly-putty/ 1955- The putty becomes a popular child plaything. Popular with children ages 6-12. bunchojunk.blogspot.com 1956- The first commercials were aired during shows like Captain Kangaroo and the Howdy Doody Show. commercial: http://thegreatgeekmanual.com/images/geekhistory/march/silly-putty.jpg YouTube 1968- Silly Putty goes to the moon with Apollo 8 astronauts. 1977- Binney & Smith, maker of Crayola products, acquires the rights to Silly Putty. 1987- A resurgence of interest in Silly Putty pushes sales to more than 2 million eggs annually. 1990- Silly Putty celebrates its 40th anniversary at the International Toy Fair in New York City. 2001- Silly Putty is inducted into The National Toy Hall of Fame, where it proudly joins its next of kin—Crayola crayons—a permanent resident since 1998. Located at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village in Salem, Ore., the museum showcases toys that have had a positive influence on a child’s learning and creativity. Its been to space. Astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission took the putty with them to relieve boredom. www.pamsclipart.com www.amazon.co.uk 1950, the maker of Crayola products, in 2001, and Wright’s wartime lab mishap was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. "The Amazing Origin of Silly Putty | GE Reports." GE Reports | Your source for what's happening at GE.. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2013.

<http://www.gereports.com/the-amazing-origin-of-silly-putty/>.
1955, Silly Putty is a child plaything, and most popular with kids ages 6-12.. "Crayola Creativity Central™." Official Crayola Site - Free coloring pages, crafts, lesson plans, games and more. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2013. <http://www2.crayola.com/mediacenter/index.cfm?display=press_release&news_id=164>.

Category. "Silly Putty - The Interesting History of Silly Putty." 20th Century History. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2013. <http://history1900s.about.com/od/1950s/a Bibliography: Quiz 1. What was James Wright trying to do when he accidentally invented Silly Putty?

2. When was the putty accepted into the national toy hall of fame?

3. What did Ruth call the putty when she sold it in her store?

4. Why did the Apollo 8 astronauts take the putty to the moon? Answers 1. James was trying to invent/discover a synthetic rubber for WW2.

2. 2001

3.Ruth called it bouncing putty.

4. The Apollo 8 astronauts took the putty to space to relieve boredom. From Bibme.com
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