Vintage Mass Marketed Props


This 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).

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.