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Cheerio Yo-Yo

1930s (manufactured)
Place of origin

Wood and string Yo-Yo.

Object details

Object type
TitleCheerio Yo-Yo (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Wood and string
Brief description
Wooden 'Cheerio' yo-yo made in Canada by Kitchener Buttons Ltd in the 1930s
Physical description
Wood and string Yo-Yo.
  • Whole object circumference: 18.5cm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and inscriptions
Pat. Pending Reg. Des No 752823 Famous Cheerio, Made in Canada Yo-Yo (Mark stamp in gold printed on one of the halves of the object)
Gallery label
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'.
Credit line
Given by Mr C. Ford, Kent [85/1426]
Historical context
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.
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Record createdFebruary 20, 2004
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