They also had these two old machines that made braided rope. I noticed that the bobbins… those spools with the threads on them… were moving in a pattern that reminded me of some kind of dance. The lady was very impressed.
She informed me that I was absolutely correct. The machine above had the bobbins moving to the pattern of the ‘maypole dance’, and the machine in the picture above this one was doing the ‘square dance’. She said nobody had ever noticed that before.
In one exhibit, we found these old pie tins from the Frisbie Pie Company. In case you didn’t know it, these pie tins are the origin of the Frisbee toy. Some college kids found out that you could throw them and they would sail quite a long way. They began to play catch with them. A couple of the kids got together and started a company making plastic ones, and a classic toy was born.