Silly Putty in our toy museum because it was as much a part of
the toy culture of the 70ís and 80ís as many other toys. Silly
Putty is basically made of silicone polymers, which makes for
some unique properties. Not only does Silly Putty bounce, but
it also flows like a liquid when left in one place. A hard
enough blow will cause the Silly Putty to break, and it could
also lift the ink image off of the funny papers (back when the
ink was oil based).
The idea to
package Silly Putty in little eggs and sell it as a toy came
around 1950. After selling over 250,000 eggs in a three day
period, they knew they had a hit. By the early 60ís, Silly
Putty had become a worldwide hit. In 2001, Silly Putty was put
in the National Toy Hall of Fame.