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Actually it was ancient. The Greeks used grape vines and other ancient ones were made of wood, bamboo, metal,and grasses.

Arthur K. Melin and Richard P. Kneer.

Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin founded the Wham-O company which helped popularize another ancient toy, the frisbee.

Knerr and Melin started the Wham-O company from their Los Angeles garage in 1948. The men were marketing a slingshot originally invented for training pet falcons and hawks {it slung meat at the birds). This slingshot was named "Wham-O" because of the sound it made when it hit the target. Wham-O also became the company's name.

Wham-O has become the most successful manufacturer of hula hoops in modern times. They trademarked the name Hula Hoop ® and start manufacturing the toy out of the new plastic Marlex in 1958.

Twenty million Wham-O hula hoops sold for $1.98 in the first six months.

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