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Birth of the Slip ‘N Slide [video]

Wet plastic, hot day; such a simple combination, but one that’s that’s sold over 30 million products since its introduction in 1961.

The Slip ‘N Slide, staple of American summers for generations, was born of the parenting concern of Robert D. Carrier, who was horrified to find his son careening down a wet, painted cement driveway for kicks.

An upholsterer of a boat-seat manufacturer, Carrier decided to make his son Mike’s summer safer by bringing home a fifty-foot roll of Naugahyde. When the neighborhood kids started flocking to his house for hours at a time, he knew he had a hit on his hands, and the Slip ‘N Slide was born.

“Kids love it, teeners, too!”

Full story at New York Times via Boing Boing.

Classic summer fun.

Graphics credit: Canva

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