The Invention of Play-Doh
By: Caylee Ralls
The Inventor - Joseph McVicker
- Joseph McVicker was born to Irma and Cleo McVicker in 1929.
- Joseph and his brother in law, Bill Rhodenbaugh, were put in charge of Kutol Products Company when his father died.
- At age 25 he was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, and was not expected to live, but because of radiation therapy he did.
- He retired from being a businessman in 1965, as a millionare.
- After retiring, Joseph became a minster, and spent all of his money, which left him broke.
- He then died in 1992.
- Play-Doh is a type of modeling clay used by mainly children.
- It is very useful for school and art projects, or for just having fun.
- It is composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil.
- It is non-toxic and non-staining so it is perfect for children.
- There are many colors that have been added to the original grayish color in the beginning, and also many toys you can buy to go along with the Play-Doh.
- Play-Doh has made play time so much more fun and easier to clean up.
History Behind It
- Play-Doh was an accidental invention.
- The substance that makes up Play-Doh was originally designed to clean wallpaper.
- To get soot off of walls, people would use Play-Doh to do it.
- When vinyl wallpaper came into play, the need for the dough was no longer needed, so Joseph and Bill turned it into a modeling clay.
- They created Rainbow Crafts Company, Inc.
- Play-Doh has been evolving ever since.
Children are the main users of this product. Play-Doh can be purchased anywhere that sells toys basically. Any child would love this product and the price makes it very affordable. One can of Play-Doh can start even as low as $1. There are many things to collect in the Play-Doh collection, and it is all reusable, which saves a lot of money.
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