January 13th


Plastic Car


   January 13, 1942:  Wartime material shortages forced manufacturers to become very creative. Therefore, Ford Motor Company-registered for a patent on a plastic car. This was the date that the patent became official. The plastic that was used to make this particular model of car was derived from the soybean plant.   

   By the end of the war the plastic car idea was forgotten.


Pluto Platters

     January 13, 1957:  Wham-O begins production of the Pluto Platters (Changed Name to "Frisbee" in June 57 ).  Following the name change sales rocketed as the Frisbee took off as a sport rather than the original marketing as a toy.