The yo-yo is considered the second oldest toy in history, the oldest being the doll. Pedro Flores, a Filipino, originated and introduced the U.S. manufactured yo-yo.
The word yo-yo is a Tagalog word, a nativePhilippine language, meaning ‘come back.’ In the Philippines, the yo-yo was a weapon for over 400 hundred years. The weapon was large with sharp edges and studs and attached to thick twenty-foot ropes for flinging at enemies or prey. People in the United States started playing with the British bandalore or yo-yo in the 1860s. It was not until the 1920s that Americans first heard the word yo-yo. Mr. Flores began manufacturing a toy trademarked with that name. He became the first person to mass-produce them at his small toy factory called Flores Yo-Yo Company in California.