January 13, 1957 – Wham-O launches a New Petroleum Product
The latest of a growing number of products made from plastic is born in California when Wham-O Manufacturing Company begins production of the Frisbee.
The toy originated in 1948 when two World War II veterans formed Partners in Plastic to sell their newly invented “Flyin’ Saucers” for 25 cents.
Wham-O bought the rights to the “flying toy” in 1955 – one year after Phillips Petroleum had introduced a high-density polyethylene under the brand name Marlex.
Although Phillips Petroleum executives expected the product to be a big hit, customers failed to materialize for the revolutionary plastic.
The Bartlesville, Oklahoma, company found itself with warehouses full of Marlex – until the phenomenal demand for Wham-O Hula Hoop and Frisbee.
Read more in Petroleum Product Hoopla.
January 14, 1928 – Future Dr. Seuss begins Career at Standard Oil
New York City’s Judge magazine includes its first cartoon drawn by Theodore Seuss Geisel – who will develop his skills as “Dr. Seuss” while working for Standard Oil Company.
In the 1928 cartoon that launches his career, Geisel draws a peculiar dragon trying to dodge Flit, a popular bug spray of the day. Read the rest of this entry »