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The History of Corn Popper Toys

The Corn Popper is an iconic toy for young children that has stood the test of time. It was invented back in the 1950s by Arthur Holt. He created the toy for children to use while learning to walk. Notably, it met the Good Design principles established by the Museum of Modern Art just a few years prior to Holt’s work. Holt's design also reflected progressive ideas about how children play and learn and supported their development by encouraging curiosity and gross motor skills. It also helped demonstrate the versatility of plastic, which was emerging as a new material for household goods around that time. In 1957, Holt sold his Corn Popper design to Fisher-Price for just $50. On behalf of Fisher-Price, an employee named Ralph W. Crawford filed a patent for the toy. Once Fisher-Price took over, the toy was sold to a wider audience and quickly became a favorite among families. Over time, the design evolved slightly, but the basic elements of the toy have always remained the same. Today, it continues to be a popular gift for young children and is considered reliable, educational, and fun.

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