COLLECTOR'S CLASSIC WHOOPEE CUSHION DISPLAY
THE STORY OF THE WHOOPEE CUSHION AN AMERICAN CLASSIC
JEM, a Toronto rubber company in Canada in the 1930’s introduced a contraption first known as the “poo-poo cushion” and the “boop-boop a doop,” until, in 1932, it settled on “whoopee cushion.” The early model was green with a wooden mouth and a drawing of a gun-toting boy wearing a devious smile and a kilt.
The toy simulated its vulgar yet familiar noise when the air inside rushed out, forcing its flaps to slap shut and the valve to pulsate. It was a hit with adults and kids alike. In the 1940 when it was sold in the Johnson Smith catalogs a phrase that became very popular at the time read, it gives out noises better imagined than described. A movie that started Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the 1942 “Road to Morocco” they slipped a whoopee cushion under a sheik, to great effect. By the 1950s, boys were reading comic books full of ads for jokes and magic and the whoopee cushion was among them. The whoopee cushion continued to gain fame almost outlasting the Joy Buzzer. It was changed from green to pink and became a bit smaller and traded its wooden mouth for a rubber one. As time passed they started making them in China. Newer versions have been made of this classic such as the remote control electronic one, but the old-school appeal remains. People still always seek authenticity, and the brrr of a rubber whoopee cushion sounds more realistically genuine, “claimed by some historians of novelties”. Traditionally this Classic will remain the most popular.
COMES FRAMED WITH THE HISTORY. A collectors gem.