Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/06

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Subject: [Leica] Re: RIP Ilford, now yo-yo
From: SonC at (
Date: Mon Sep 6 07:42:46 2004

In a message dated 9/6/2004 9:23:42 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:
At 09:03 AM 06-09-04 EDT, wrote:
>The big Yo-yo boom of the 1950s killed the Duncan 
>company, and there are many other examples.
ACTUALLY,  it was in the 60's, and the demise actually derived more from a 
legal battle over the the name yo-yo between Royal tops and Duncan.  
>From Duncan's webpages:

1962  Blockbuster yo-yo year. TV advertising drives sales from $2 million to 
$7 million a year. Continued demand exceeds production, creating additional 
costs as Duncan struggles to fill record-breaking orders. 
1965   Yo-yo market drops after huge fad. Duncan loses landmark court battle 
with Royal Tops Company over Duncan's trademark on the word "Yo-Yo." Name is 
ruled a generic term. Legal costs force both companies into bankruptcy.

As we've learned in the past on the LUG, never generalize with an absolute . 
. . wait, I just did, didn't I?  ;+)


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