Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Flashback- 1950s

Hula Hoops- Hula hoops were invented by an Australian in 1957. The name was developed from the Hawaiian dance that was imitated by hula hooping. Wham-O sold 25 million hula hoops in the first two months of sales. When their popularity was at it peak, manufacturers were making 20,000 hoops per day. However, despite their popularity in America, not all countries were so fond of them. They were banned in Japan because the Japanese believed they would encourage misconduct. The Soviet Union thought that hula hoops were a prime example of how empty American culture was. By the late 70’s their popularity was decreasing, but they are still sold in many stores today.    
-- Haley Robinson

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