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Yo yo - Beginners Yo Yo

Beginners Yo Yo

  • Object:

    Yo yo

  • Place of origin:

    USA (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Duncan (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and string

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Yo Yos are first mentioned in Greek historical records about 500BC which makes them one of the earliest recorded toys in the world. They are most famously associated with the Donald Duncan, who bought the trademark of the word 'Yo Yo' in 1932. This is an example of a 'Beginners' Yo Yo.

Physical description

Red and Black wooden Yo Yo, with a red string. It has gold lettering on the red side.

Place of Origin

USA (probably, manufactured)


1930s (manufactured)


Duncan (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood and string

Marks and inscriptions

'Genuine Beginners Yo Yo. Reg U.S. Pat Off. Duncan'


Diameter: 5 cm, Depth: 3.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased for Must Have Toys Exhibition

Descriptive line

Yo Yo, wooden, made by Duncan, probably made in the USA, 1930s.


Wood; String


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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