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The Surprising Origins of 7 Classic Toys

Many childhood memories include hours spent molding Play-Doh, or watching a Slinky glide down the stairs, or marveling at the transfer of a newspaper comic to a simple wad of Silly Putty. But those famous novelty toys didn’t start out as products intended for kids.

Failed experiments, re-imaginations and unexpected inspirations are behind the story of seven of America’s most beloved toys—all of which have continued to see stellar sales decades after first hitting the market.

Silly Putty

What It is: A stretchy pink glob that comes in a plastic egg

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