Inflatable Bounce Houses History

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In the year 1959 the first inflatable bounce house was designed. John Scurlock from Shreveport, Louisiana had done some experimentation with inflatable swathes for tennis courts. He soon noticed that his workers enjoyed jumping with the inflatable covers. John Scurlock a mechanical engineer, then designed and manufactured some inflatable tents, inflatable domes and inflatable signs. They soon become very popular and useful for many. His greatest achievement in this field was the invention of safety air cushions. This product is now widely used by fire and rescue departments to hold people jumping from heights. 

The first manufacturing company of inflatable and space walk was in New Orleans in a leased warehouse. In the year of 1968 a lady named Frances started an inflatable rental company and in 1976 they constructed a custom facility for the manufacture and leasing of such products. They promoted their inflatable items in various events like kid’s birthday partis, school functions, picnics and many more occasions. Gradually inflatables gained popularity. Frank the son of Frances had prolonged their rental business all over the United States under a brand title Space Walk and Inflatable Zoo. Frank also established the premier inflatable indoor play park which is named as Fun Factory on Thanksgiving Day 1986 in Metairie, Louisiana. In 1987 the second unit of that park was opened in Memphis Tennessee which is named as Fun Plex. They invented the first inflatable which was an open top mattress that had no sides and they named it as Space Pillow.

To solve the warmth problem an innovative product was launched. It was in the year of 1974 that Jupiter Jump was born. These jumps had inflated columns to support netting walls so that the air can pass through (The Modern Jump). In the very beginning of 1990s Frank produced the first commercial inflatable water slides which was called the Aqua Tunnel.

With the introduction of Computer Aided Design or CAD, the variety of jumpers offered today is huge and only limited to human imagination.

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