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- Credit Line:
Given by Hal;ina Pasiesbska, France 1990. [90/447]
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Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 2
Large yo-yo of lacquered hard wood and varnished with white cord.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Circumference: 31 cm, Diameter: 10 cm
Object history note
Given by Halina Pasiesbska, France, 1990.
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.
Yo-Yo of lacquered hardwood, made in France in 1990
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 was also called a 'quiz' or 'bandalore'. 
Reason For Production: Retail
Wood; String (fiber product)
Carving; Lacquering; Varnishing
Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys
Museum of Childhood