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Yo-Yo - Coca-Cola Championship, 1980s Object Reg. No: HT 18893

Plastic Coca-Cola yo-yo. Although acquired as part of the William Boyd Childhood Collection, the yo-yo would have been collected by Bill as an adult, as it dates to the 1980s.

The William Boyd Childhood Collection includes most of the childhood possessions of William (Bill) Boyd, who was born in 1947 and raised in the Victorian town of Maryborough. Kept by Lillian Boyd (Bill's mother) for decades, upon her death the Collection was donated by Bill to the former Museum of Childhood at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. When the Museum of Childhood closed it was transferred to Museum Victoria.
Red and white plastic yo-yo with white cotton wound around centre.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Edith Cowan University Museum of Childhood, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 30 mm (Height), 58 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: toys, games, youth, making history - william boyd childhood
Themes this item is part of: William Boyd Childhood Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Action Toys
Tertiary Classification: propulsion
User: Mr William Boyd, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 1981-1988
Past Owner: Edith Cowan University Museum of Childhood, Churchlands, Western Australia, Australia, 1992-2008
References: Australian Coca Cola Yo Yos History and Price Guide by Pete Caught and Craig Hill, 2003, page 20.


Kenny Leong Posted on 25 Dec 2011 11:56 PM
Are they sure it's from the 1950's? It looks more like from the 1980's to me.
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Dec 2011 9:25 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Kenny,
Yes, the yo-yo is provenanced to the 1950s by the donor, who played with it at the time. The 1980s yo-yos were probably retro-styled.
Bernard Young Posted on 11 Jan 2012 8:33 PM
hi I have been a Coca Cola yo yo collector for years and agree with Kennys comment...this yo yo is not 1950's but much later...first coca cola yo yo issued in Australia was the imported Sprite Boy then in the 1960's the green rim pause for a coke...the style of the illustrated one is of the late 1970's onwards...
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Jan 2012 9:17 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Kenny and Bernard,
After further investigation and contact with the donor, it is confirmed that the yo-yo is not from the 1950s. Our records will be updated to reflect this.
Thank you for letting us know!
Robbo Posted on 03 Jul 2013 4:10 AM
Yes Definately 100% Not from the 50's,I am a Collector and I will tell you the most simplest way to tell if a Coca cola Yo'yo is made prior to 1981 and that is,if the Yo'yo has Engraved kind of Writing on its face that means it was made prior to 1981 as after that year they only Used Prints for the writing on the Faces (Apart from the Japanese Coca cola 1970's Yo'Yo Reproduction).
Cheers :-)

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