They Made These About 1 Mile From Our WALY Studios.
The Slinky was invented and developed by naval engineer Richard James in 1943 and demonstrated at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in November 1945. The toy was a hit, selling its entire inventory of 400 units in ninety minutes. James and his wife Betty formed James Industries in Clifton Heights, PA to manufacture Slinky and several related toys such as the Slinky Dog and Suzie, the Slinky Worm. In 1960, James' wife Betty became president of James Industries, and, in 1964, moved the operation to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.