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Muppet Show Yo-yo

Muppet Show Yo-yo

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1978 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Henson Associates Inc (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    metal and string

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. J. Woledge, London. [88/1459]

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 2

Physical description

Metal muppet show yo-yo with white string with a finger loop. One side of the yo-yo is yellow with a picture of Kermit the Frog in the middle of the O of the Muppet Show Yoyo sign. The other side is blue with orange and red lines outlining the image the two character Statler and Waldorf.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1978 (made)


Henson Associates Inc (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

metal and string

Marks and inscriptions

Kermit the Frog © Henson Associates Inc 1956, 1978, Yo-Yo is a registered trade mark of Lumar Limited, printed on one side of the yo-yo.
© Ha! 1976, 1978 printed on the other side.


Circumference: 190 mm whole object

Historical context note

The yo-yo has been used as a toy, weapon and stress reliever. The toy yo-yo has been around for thousands years. Yo-yos were used a wepaons in the Philippines during the 1500s. Hunters would set in trees and attack animals using a rock on the end of a string. This weapon could be used over and over gain. The rock developed into a carved piece of wood and yo-yoing became the national pastime. In Europe in the 1700s, particularly in France and England, yo-yoing became popular among the aristocracy as a game, but also as a way of keeeping calm and relaxed.

Descriptive line

Yo-yo depicting characters from the Muppet Show, metal, Henson Associates Inc., USA, 1978

Labels and date

Group of yo-yos, 1950-1990
The yo-yo is said to have originated in ancient China and is shown on Greek pots around 500 BC. In England from 1700-1800. It is also called 'quiz' or 'bandalore'. []


Metal; String (fiber product)


Pressing; Painting

Subjects depicted



Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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