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.
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Play-Doh

  • 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.
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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.
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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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