Old Photos: Yo-Yo's In Kansas City

On a long list of things that I am lacking, somewhere between being sporty and good looks, is the ability to do the Yo-Yo thing (shut up, Chimpo). I am not sure if the Life magazine ever ran these photos taken in June of 1961, so here is your chance to see them.

Young boy w. tongue sticking out between pursed lips, concentrating on performing rocking the baby maneuver w. his yo-yo.

Young boy w. tongue sticking out between pursed lips, concentrating on performing "rocking the baby" maneuver w. his yo-yo.© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

© Time Inc. Francis Miller.

I have a strange feeling when I look at these photos – these Kansas City kids are about 60 years old now, their own kids are likely to be older than they were in these shots, which captured just one second of their summer almost 50 years ago.

  • Very good, and those could have been taken in the mid-50’s. Unfortunately, I was doing well if I made the yo-yo go up and down a half-dozen times.

  • Fun shots…. bring back many memories…. I love your posts with the LIFE photos…

    • I know, you never know what you find in these archives. And I haven’t even looked outside of MO and KS except a few Russian photos.

  • Rick

    Where do you find these Life pix, Meesha?

  • DLC

    When I saw the title of this post, I expected to see XO and The D.

    • @theDLC this was so obvious that I had to keep myself from linking to them

  • wow i never knew yo-yo’s were so cool