When I ran across this postcard of a Friesbie’s Pie truck, I wondered if that was the inspiration for the name of the Frisbee. It rather made sense, but then you never know. So I headed to the Frisbee Wikipedia page, and sure enough:
In June 1957, Wham-O co-founders Richard Knerr and Arthur “Spud” Melin gave the disc the brand name “Frisbee” after learning that college students were calling the Pluto Platter by that term, which was derived from the Connecticut-based pie manufacturer Frisbie Pie Company, a supplier of pies to Yale University, where students had started a campus craze tossing empty pie tins stamped with the company’s logo—the way that Morrison and his wife had in 1937.
Walter Morrison was the true inventor of the Frisbee, and he started out by throwing a popcorn can lid on the beach after Thanksgiving dinner in 1937, in California (natch). After he started making them out of plastic, the device went through a number of names before it became the Frisbee, thanks to those Yale University students that were familiar with Frisbie’s pies.
Just one question:
Can anyone identify the truck?