Vintage Yo-Yos

Did you play with yo-yos as a kid? They reached a resurgence of popularity in the 1960’s. There probably isn’t a kid in the world who hasn’t played with a yo-yo at one point or another. But did you know that some people collect vintage yo-yos?

It’s hard to say when yo-yos were invented. There are conflicting accounts. They may have been invented in ancient China, or perhaps by the Mayans.

Children in ancient Greece definitely played with yo-yos. These yo-yos were made of terra cotta and painted with beautiful patterns.


In 16th century France, the elite would use yo-yos as a kind of stress ball. As they fleed from the guillotine, they used glass or ivory yo-yos to relieve stress.

The modern yo-yo came about in 1928, when Pedro Flores opened the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company in California. The company quickly grew, expanding to other locations and trademarking the yo-yo.

In 1999, the yo-yo was included in the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Collecting yo-yos means seeing the evolution of the toy from era to era. From wooden to glass to plastic, the popular material of the era makes itself known in the yo-yo. Some yo-yos have brands’ logos on them, or colorful designs for young children.

Do you collect yo-yos?

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