Vintage Donald F Duncan Yo Yo Rare HTF Jewlery Box WOW

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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 10, 2007
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Donald F Dunan Jewlery Box

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This is an amazing piece and I have never found anything like it before. The condition of it is very very worn unfortuantly but it is still such a unique piece I am hoping someone would enjoy adding it to their collection. This peice measures 8 1/4" long by 3 1/2" high by 4 1/2" wide. It features a piece of artwork on the lid which is extremly unique. I tried and tried to find out who the artist was but was unable to pinpoint it because I cannot make out the entire name. I can read either Boris or Doris and the last name looks like Ricoew? I cannot tell. On the bottom of the box is stamped Donald F Duncan Wood Novelties Chicago for those who are not familiar is some info on the very famous Donald F Duncan SR

Donald F. Duncan, Sr. ( June 6 , 1892 - May 15 , 1971 ) was an American entrepreneur and inventor who is most commonly associated with Yo-yos ; the commercial success they enjoyed during the 20th century in the United States , and subsequently throughout the world, was due largely to his marketing efforts.

Duncan is often miscredited with invention of the yo-yo. In fact, he never even held a patent on the toy, although the name Yo-yo was a trademark of his company until 1965 . In a landmark intellectual property case that year (Donald F. Duncan, Inc. v. Royal Tops Mfg. Co., 343 F.2d 655 (7th Cir. 1965) , a federal court of appeals ruled in favor of the Royal Tops Company, asserting that the term had become a part of common speech . This ruling is now widely seen as a miscarriage of justice , and if considered as a valid precedent would imperil similarly successful trademarks, such as BAND-AID , Ziploc , Frisbee and Kleenex .

Among the other companies he founded are the Good Humor mobile frozen treats franchise and a parking meter company which dominates that industry to this day. [citation needed ] Most notable among the inventions credited to Duncan is the concept of the premium incentive --a marketing tactic win the consumer is encouraged to collect proofs of purchase and redeem them for rewards, such as small toys or discount coupons .

What a great piece of history. I would love to know who the artist of this piece is if anyone has any information. I do not even know w to begin on trying to date this piece, it seems very very old but no clue just how old. See the pictures for more details. Check out my other items for more great deals, I am always happy to combine shipping.

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