A brief history of the beach ball
The invention of the inflatable beach ball is believed to be the work of Jonathon DeLonge back in 1938. DeLonge’s ordinal beach ball was small – only about the size of an adult hand. But over the years, beach balls have grown and grown to over 3 feet across. If the trend continues, expect beach balls the size of a small winnebago to be on sale in the year 2045.
DeLonge may have invented them, but the folks you really want to thank for the beach ball are Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. If it wasn’t for their string of beach movies in the 1960s, beach balls would probably be as popular today as two piece men’s bathing suits.
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