Happy Kazoo Day

January 28th is National Kazoo Day!

The kazoo was invented in the 1840’s and first presented to the world at the Georgia State Fair in 1852 as the “Down South Submarine”.

Legend tells us that the kazoo was invented by collaboration of Alabama Vest and Thaddeus Von Clegg.

Commercial production of the Kazoo began many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was started by Emil Sorg in Western New York.  Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker.

Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today as a working museum.


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.