The Frisbee

On this day in 1957, Wham-O toy company began roll out of the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs–now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.

It really all started when Fred Morrison and wife to be,  Lucille, were tossing a cake pan back and forth on a beach outside of LA. Someone stopped them and paid them a quarter for a five cent cake pan. A business was born.

After World War 2, Morrison started sketching a design for a flying disc that he called the Whirlo-Way. By 1948, after design modifications and experimentation with several different prototypes, Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni began producing the first plastic discs, renaming them the Flyin-Saucer in the wake of reported unidentified flying object-sightings.

In 1957, they were known as the “Pluto Platter.” Wham-O changed the name the following year as a misspelled homage to the popular New England pastime of tossing around pie tins from Connecticut’s Frisbie Pie Company.


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