Co-founder, ex-owner of Slinky company dies at 90

posted 2008-11-23 02:06:46 by grendel



Betty James, the co-founder and former owner of the company that made Slinky Toys, has died.

Betty James, the co-founder and former owner of the company that made Slinky Toys, has died. She was 90.

A spokeswoman for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania said James died in the Philadelphia hospital on Thursday.

In 1945, James and her late husband, Richard, founded the company that would later make Slinky, the toy for which she was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2001. She took over management of James Industries Inc. 14 years after the company was founded.

Initially, James would leave her six children with a caregiver from Sunday through Thursday while she oversaw operations in Philadelphia. But in 1965, she moved the company to her hometown of Hollidaysburg in Blair County where it remains today although it was sold in 1998 to Plymouth, Mich.-based POOF Products Inc.

James is survived by her six children, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.





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