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Pogo stick

Pogo stick

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1990s (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    T P Activity Toys (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast metal with moulded plastic and rubber

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rebecca Howell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

There are two versions of the history of the pogo stick. One is that it was invented in Germany by Hans Meimban. The name is said to derive from the company Pohlmann & Goppel. Another altogether more romantic story is that of the American, George Hansburg. On his travels in Burma he is reputed to have come across a farmer's daughter who was very devout. She wanted to go to the temple every day but had no shoes and the journey was long, rocky and muddy. The farmer made her a jumping stick so she could bounce her way to pray. The girl's name was Pogo. When Hansburg returned home he made his own version of this jumping stick and added a spring. This was the Pogo Stick that he patented in 1919 and it was taken up by one of the major American department stores of the time, Gimbel Brothers.

Physical description

A long metal pole the shaft of which is blue. There is a stepping platform of metal with rubber coverings where the feet are placed. This is riveted to the shaft. Beneath this the shaft has an outer spring covering. The base is metal with a rubber end. The metal parts are silver coloured and the rubber is black. At the top of the shaft is a black plastic covering.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1990s (manufactured)


T P Activity Toys (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Cast metal with moulded plastic and rubber

Marks and inscriptions

Tel 0299827728
Printed on a circular sticker on the shaft


Length: 128.4 cm, Width: 25 cm maximum, Diameter: 3.5 cm

Descriptive line

Metal and rubber pogo stick made in England by TP Activity Toys in the 1990s


Metal; Plastic; Rubber


Casting; Moulding; Riveting


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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