Pinwheels…A Childhood Tradition All Grown Up
Pinwheels have been around for a long time, literally, a really long time. The first documented history of a “whirligig” was in China in 400 B.C. They began appearing in paintings in Europe the 15th century.
In America, the first recorded evidence of pinwheels was George Washington bringing them home from the Revolutionary War battlefront. (Maybe, souvenirs for his family?)
In 1919, an Armenian immigrant toy manufacturer, Tegran Samour, created the modern version of the pinwheel toy in Boston and it was titled the “wind wheel”. This is the ancestor of the plastic and tin pinwheels we all played with as children.
The pinwheel is significant in Chinese culture where its symbolism is “to turn ones luck around”. It is used especially used at Chinese New Year celebrations for good luck and fortune.
The pinwheel has come to represent such diverse concepts as childhood innocence, unseen energy and spiritual freedom. Most of us though, just remember the fun, whimsical, playful toys that we loved to watch blow in the wind during lazy summer afternoons or at Fourth of July parties.
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