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How the Slinky played an important role in World War II

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, a New Jersey-based toy expert featured on the show.“People know what a Slinky is, and to really put a historical backstory behind a lot of these is to educate consumers about the history of their childhood.” Through re-enactments, the show reveals how the Slinky originated in the 1940s, when Naval engineer Richard James was tasked with creating a device to stabilize sensitive equipment that was being transported through rough seas during World War II. “These cargo ships were traveling across the ocean and they needed stabilizers, so that’s what the engineer Richard James tried to invent the Slinky for.

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