A Brief Look Into The History Of The Frisbee
Frederick Morrison was credited with inventing the world’s first plastic flying disc in 1948, which he and his partner, Warren Fanscioni, called the “Flying Saucer.” But apparently, the origins date back to 1871 when William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It became a hangout for local college students and they soon began tossing the empty pie tins to each other, and when they did they would yell “Frisbie.” After splitting with Fanscioni, Morrison and his girlfriend Lu came up with new and improved design in 1955 which they dubbed the “Pluto Platter”.
This became the archetype of all modern discs we know today. It was on this date in 1957 that Morrison sold the rights of his new toy to Wham-O, one of the largest toy manufacturers in the United States that’s responsible for iconic toys like the Super Ball and Hula Hoop. They started producing the Pluto Plater by the millions and it was quite popular. Just a few months later, Richard Kerr, co-founder of Wham-O, decided to change the name in an attempt to increase sales. After learning that students in the Northeast referred to it as a “Frisbie” based on the old pie company, he determined that would be the perfect name for this device, only he mistakingly misspelled it “Frisbee” instead.