bubble pipe: Set of Bubble Pipes

Kiddie Products, Inc.1950s

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

We do not know who blew the first soap bubble, but they appeared in Flemish paintings during the 17th century. During the 1865 holiday season, A. Ladd manufactured and marketed a toy bubble solution based on the scientific solution invented by Belgian scientist Joseph Plateau. Alfred Bird, an English food manufacturer and chemist, marketed the Rainbow Bubble solution just a year later. “The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions, Volume 8” touted the Rainbow Bubble noting that it made “magnificent spheres, 24 inches in circumference, and the most gorgeous prismatic colors.” Following WWII, bubbles boomed as toy manufacturers used plastic to make bubble toys and detergents replaced traditional soap solutions. Today’s varieties are completely non-toxic and safe, and they are one of the cleanest toys around. New multi-bubble machines make millions of bubbles possible, while simple and inexpensive wands can now create huge bubbles. Popular party and wedding favors, bubbles make for clean fun for both children and adults.


  • Title: bubble pipe: Set of Bubble Pipes
  • Creator: Kiddie Products, Inc.
  • Date Created: 1950s
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: bubbles
  • Type: Outdoor Play
  • Medium: plastic

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