Pedro Edralin Flores

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Pedro Edralin Flores was born in the Philippines back in 1896. He moved to the United States in 1915 settling in San Francisco where he attend the High School of Commerce. He studied law at the University of California, Berkeley and the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. While attending college he worked at odd-jobs to make a living.

While working as a bellboy he read an article that forever changed his life. He remembered playing with a bandalore while in the Philippines. So, in 1928 he opened up a business selling his invention until 1932 when a comparator bought him out for the hefty sum of $750,000.00. having enough money to live comfortably he continued to travel working for the company that bought him out, giving demonstrations on how to use the invention. He died in 1964.

While we all have had one or at least seen one, someone had to invent it. What you may not know about Pedro is that he invented the first yo-yo in the United States.

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. I was never great with a yo-yo but had fun with them. Enjoy your day!

Jan 08, 2020 04:21 AM #3
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

Being a clumsy oaf it did give me a black eye once and I never touched one again!

Where is my SLINKY!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 08, 2020 05:15 AM #4
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning James. I think this was the best. Great, creative, and so much fun.

Jan 08, 2020 05:22 AM #5
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Nina Hollander
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No kidding! I loved my yo-yo as a kid... but it never occurred to me to think about where it came from except from the toy store!

Jan 08, 2020 05:31 AM #6
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello James - another interesting story - I never mastered the skill or the artistry of the yo-yo.  

Jan 08, 2020 05:35 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Was it Duncon that bought him out James Dray ? I had several in my youth.

Jan 08, 2020 05:52 AM #8
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning James -that is amazing that an item like that generation that much money.

 

Jan 08, 2020 06:09 AM #9
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Brian England
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I have not used a yo-yo in a very long time, but I loved mine as a kid and could even do some tricks!

Jan 08, 2020 06:12 AM #10
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Good morning James Dray ,

I loved playing with a yo-yo when little and still see kids playing with them. What a creative, fun invention and he made a hefty profit back then!

Jan 08, 2020 06:18 AM #11
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I loved the yo-yo, in fact I still have 2 of them. My great nieces have no clue how to play with it, but my dog does.

Jan 08, 2020 06:51 AM #12
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James,

Oh my goodness, what a trip down memory lane.  I do remember the yo-yo!  Thanks for the. memory.  A

Jan 08, 2020 08:07 AM #13
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Much of my youth was spent trying to perfect tricks on my Duncan yoyo.

Jan 08, 2020 08:37 AM #14
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I think every boy in my grade school had a Duncan yo-yo in their back pocket...

Make someone happy today James Dray 

Jan 08, 2020 09:43 AM #15
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Hi James Dray - We all played with yo-yos when we were young! Now I know the rest of the story!

Jan 08, 2020 12:06 PM #16
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Hi James- I can't tell you how many times I tried to play with a yo-yo and how many times I ended up rolling up the string and putting it away!!! Never got the hang of it. 

Jan 08, 2020 02:20 PM #17
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Interesting story James. I still have my Duncan Butterfly yo-yo. It's got a lot of wear & tear from back in the day.

Jan 08, 2020 03:01 PM #18
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Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this interesting story.  I remember the number of students "walking the dog" down the hallways at school.  I wasn't very good - but was witness to many that were.

Jan 08, 2020 06:36 PM #19
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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James I had no idea and go figure right now I have three Philippine clients:) must share with them:)Endre

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What fun, James. Like many I had several of these as a kid but wasn't all that good with them.

Jeff

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I had no ideas that a yo-yo was only invented in the 20th century. Awesome. Thanks for the rest of the story 

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