Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

The Hundred Dollar Slinky

You're looking at the $99.95 special edition 50th Anniversary Slinky in 14kt gold plated brass, released in 1995. It comes in a wooden gift box and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of even the grumpiest Baby Boomer. The Slinky was invented sixty five years ago by Richard James, a naval engineer who was experimenting with springs. Legend has it that he accidentally dropped one and it started to walk. He showed it to his wife, who recognized its potential as a toy and scoured the dictionary for the ideal name.

Slinky boxIn 1945, the first production run sold out at Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania within an hour and a half. Impressively, the much-imitated toy is still manufactured in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania using the original equipment developed by the inventor. More than three hundred million Slinkys have been sold, making it one of the most popular and enduring toys of all time.

Part of the Slinky's enduring popularity can be traced to the TV ads that ran throughout the 1960s and 1970s featuring a broad array of spring toys. The line even expanded to include colorful plastic variants to assault our senses throughout the 1980s.

Poof-Slinky Inc. also offers a more reasonably priced Collector's Edition, which includes a replica of the original 1945 box. The classic spring toy has changed little over the years, save for the addition of crimps at the end of the wire to blunt the ends.

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