Monday, January 23, 2017

Sixty Years Ago (1957) Frisbee Manufacturer Gains Contractual Rights to Plastic Flying Toy Which Would Become a Frisbee

Today has been historically observed as the "Frisbee's Birthday" which would have happened 60 years ago.

In reality, it can only be proven that sixty years ago on this day (January 23, 1957), "Wamo" acquired the exclusive rights to Fred Morrison's plastic flying saucer type toy. Morrison's first disc was the Flyin-Saucer (1948), and then later remolded into what was known as the Pluto Platter.

Wham-O renamed the Pluto Platter plastic flying disc in 1958 as a "Frisbee"® whic originated from New England college students tossing around empty tins from the Frisbie Pie Company.

January 23rd 1957 agreement between "Wamo" and the Morrisons [via Flat Flip]
The truth: it's highly unlikely that "Wham-O toy company rolled out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs" on the same day (January 23, 1957) it gained contractual rights to the plastic disc. The Wham-O Frisbee was the disc of choice for ultimate players until 1991.

What can be proven is today marks the anniversary of the agreement which made it possible for the Frisbee to be manufactured and widely distributed by Wham-O!

RELATED: Fact checking the Frisbee's birthday

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