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First frisbees produced
1957

On 23 January 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs - now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.

History behind the Frisbee

William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871 in Bridgeport, Connecticut USA. Students from nearby universities discovered that the empty pie tins could be tossed and caught, providing endless hours of game and sport.

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"Flying Saucer"

In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the "Flying Saucer" that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates.

"Pluto Platter"

In 1955, Morrison made an improved model and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the "Pluto Platter" - an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

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