Along with being the first generation to exposed to television and diet soda, Baby Boomers were the first to experience that classic summer fun toy, Slip ‘N Slide.
Introduced in 1961 by Wham-O (who else?), Slip ‘N Slides quickly became known for two things: 1.) killing grass in suburban backyards and 2.) causing pretty serious injuries as we came into contact with hard ground and each other while traveling at very fast speeds.
Somehow, Wham-O avoided costly lawsuits and is still I the Slip ‘N Slide business to this day, although the toy does warn that it’s not recommended for anyone but small children.
By the way, the toy was invented by a guy named Robert Carrier. We'd write more, but we gotta scoot!
At Boomtown America, we salute our nation's libraries during National Library Week by remembering the sensitive, tasteful way those "mad men" of Madison Avenue depicted them in an ad campaign from the 1960s.
BTW - It is said this ad caused hundreds of the nation's young lads to rush to their nearest library so they, too, could discover the treasures waiting for them there!
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