HOLLAND — The specific origin of the toy known as the yo-yo is uncertain. One reference point is at the National Museum in Athens, Greece. On display inside the museum are several vases dating back to 500 B.C., depicting young Greeks playing with discs tethered to a cord.
Nearly 2,000 years after that, in 1927 to be exact, a man from the Philippines by the name of Pedro Flores began carving and selling a toy at a hotel in California where he worked. By 1929, the Flores Yo-Yo Corp. had two factories in Los Angeles, and the yo-yo craze began sweeping the nation, with the toy's interest reaching its peak in the 1950s and 1960s.