Vintage Mass Marketed Props

Spin-A-ReenoPlateThis is a Spin-A-Reeno plastic spinning plate from the 1950s. It was made by the Jerrold Stephan Co. Inc. of Minneapolis, MN. Complete with stick, cardboard backing, and plastic bag (not shown).

JayGreenSet2The Learn To Juggle With Jay Green Juggling Set came out in the mid 1970s. It was released by Pastime Industries Ltd. of New York, NY (USA). They approached Jay Green, an IJA champion and well known performer and juggling teacher from New York City, about putting together a juggling set. The set included three plastic covered foam balls similar to those in the Jiffy Juggling and Mastery of Juggling sets. It also included three cardboard “spinning discs” (which were like flat spinning plates with five divots in them), a pointed stick for the discs, and three colorful card board juggling rings. A later version of the set replaced the discs with scarves. The set also included a booklet titled Juggling Without Struggling written by Jay Green. The booklet taught a three ball cascade and reverse cascade, disc spinning, and three rings. These sets are very rare. Purchased by David Cain.

DSCF0827DSCF0832This is a “You Can Learn To Juggle” set from the 1950s. It was produced by the Irwin Corporation of New York City and contains the first plastic juggling clubs ever made. Purchased by David Cain.

JiffyJugglerSetIn the 1950s, the Brookglad Corporation of New York, NY (USA) released the Jiffy Juggler set. It was a very bare bones set, featuring three brightly colored, plastic coated dense foam balls and full color instructions on how to do a three ball cascade. There was no attempt to give any instruction beyond the most basic pattern. Purchased by David Cain.

JugglingJoe'sSet The “Juggling Joe’s Juggling Game” set was released in 1960 by the juggler Toscanelli (John Gaylord). As you can see in the picture, the clown had cut outs where the eyes and nose were and the balls protruded slightly through these holes. The lid could supposedly also be used as a clown mask. Even though it is called a “game”, it is simply a set of three balls and instructions. Purchased by David Cain.

JugglingKitThe “Teach Yourself To Juggle” Kit was released in the early 1970s. This is the only known example of it and has never been opened. Donated by Scott Cain.

HoleyPlateThis is a 1950s plastic spinning plate of unknown manufacture complete with original spinning stick.

ParkerBrothersDiaboloThis is a Parker Brothers diabolo from 1933 complete with hand sticks, string, instructions, and box.

BritishDiabolo2This is a British-made wooden diabolo from the 1930s complete with hand sticks, string, and box.

TinSpinningPlate

This is an extremely rare Juggler’s Saucer, a pre-WWII tin spinning plate manufactured in Japan. It’s from the late 1930s or early 1940s.

WhirLoToneDiabolo

This is a very rare Whir Lo Tone tin diabolo from the early 1950s. It whistles when spun quickly and is in extremely good condition. Manufactured by the Whir Lo Tone Corporation of Grand Rapids, MI (USA). Donated by Will Oltman.

MollJugglingSet

This is a Harry Moll Juggling Set from 1949. It includes six rubber balls and an instructional booklet. This was the first retail, mass marketed juggling set. This example is in almost perfect condition.

MollProSetThis is a Harry Moll Professional Stage Ball set. Donated by Ron Lubman.

This is a Mastery of Juggling Set from 1974. It includes six coated foam balls and an instructional booklet. This example is in almost perfect condition.

This is a Whirley Whirler plastic spinning plate from the 1950′s. It was the first plastic spinning plate available and sold for 98 cents. It was made by The Whirley Corporation of St. Louis, MO (USA). Two million of them were sold in 1958.

PepsiPlateThis is a Pepsi Swirl spinning plate from the late 1950s or early 1960s. It is perhaps the earliest example a juggling prop being used in conjunction with advertising in such a manner. Purchased by David Cain

This is a Lynro Diabolo Display from the 1950′s containing 12 wooden diabolos still sealed in their packages with strings and instructions. Hand sticks are also included.

TwinTopDiaboloThis is a 1950s Twin Top Diabolo manufactured in Mansfield, Ohio (USA). Purchased by David Cain.

This is an F.A.O. Schwarz diabolo set from the 1950′s. The set contains the diabolo, two pairs of hand sticks, and a carrying case with instructions.

DSCF0835These are the first Gballz ever made by Gregory Poche. They were made in January of 2000. Donated by Gregory Poche.