Do you remember a year or two back when it was impossible to escape the marketing web for fidget spinners. They were everywhere, everyone gave them away. Looking back, at just about the time I got interested in girls, the hula hoop was king. Well, even before that there was a time when the fad was yo-yos:
Image: Vancouver Sun, 1933/4/19, p.12
Good to see our local shops were keeping up with the trends!
Vancouver’s Harvey Lowe was one of the original thirteen yo – yo demonstrators for Cheerio, the 1932 World Yo – Yo Champion and a 2005 inductee into the AYYA Hall of Fame. Harvey started yo-yoing in 1931 at the age of 12 with a Duncan 77.
Lowe bought his first yo-yo in 1931 for 35 cents.
Lowe held a variety of positions throughout his lifetime, including doorman at a gambling club, owner of the Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret, stage manager at the Marco Polo and a restaurateur involved with Chinatown restaurants like the Bamboo Terrace, the Kingsland and the Asia Gardens.
Many thanks for this fine addition to the story.