Friday, February 12, 2010

One Design Patent and 200 Million Frisbees

Walter Fredrick Morrison, the inventor of the Frisbee has died. Mr Morrison's design patent, D183626, is elegantly simple for something as wonderful as the Frisbee. A single page with two simple figures. How could you get through college or enjoy a trip to the beach on a breezy day without one?

Mr. Morrison's invention, that was patented in 1958, grew out of his own beach adventures where he and his future wife tossed a cake pan back and forth. A tradition begins. Originally called the Pluto Plate, it was renamed the Frisbee by Wham-O, the company Mr. Morrison licensed his Pluto Plate to, because college students in New England were tossing the tins of the local Frisbie Pie Company.

The Wham-O site has a tribute to the inventor who let us all have a little fun with out electricity, chips, wires, or LEDs. Here is another interesting post on the Frisbee and its power to please.

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