Today in History: The Hula Hoop is patented on March 5, 1962

Today in History
March 5, 1962
The Hula Hoop is Patented

On March 5, 1962 the hula hoop is patented by Wham-O toy company co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. The hula-hoop gained international popularity in the late 1950s when a plastic version was successfully marketed by California’s Wham-O toy company. With give aways and national marketing and retailing, a fad was started in July, 1958. Twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months and in two years sales reached more than 100 million units. The hula hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 1999.

Children hula hooping in the 1950s

Children hula hooping in the 1950s

 

Forever Young - Old gentleman using a hula hoop 1950s.

Forever Young – Old gentleman
using a hula hoop 1950s.

 

Hula hooping was a huge craze in the 1950's

Hula hooping was a huge craze in the 1950’s

 

The Hula Hoop Craze of the 1950s.

The Hula Hoop Craze of the 1950s.

 

A young Japanese woman in a kimono takes part in the Hula-Hoop craze that swept America and Japan in this October 30, 1958 picture.

A young Japanese woman in a kimono takes part
in the Hula-Hoop craze that swept America and Japan
in this October 30, 1958 picture.

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