Hula Hoops

Hula Hoop enthusiasts from the 1950's

A simple toy, so basic in its construction, became one of the most defining fads of the 1950's.

Originally created by Arthur K. Melin and Richard Knerr, the hula hoop craze took full effect in the late 1958 when Wham-O, a toy company in California, created a plastic version for the general public to enjoy. Through smart marketing to women, men, kids and basically anyone who wanted to give them a spin, hula hoops became all the rage in 1958. By the end of the year, 25 million of them were sold and by 1960, sales reached in excess of 100 million units.