By Mary Bellis
The First Jumping Balls
Aquilino Cosani was born on April 13, 1924. He was and currently is the co-owner of LEDRAGOMMA of Italy, now called LEDRAPLASTIC, the manufacturers of gymnastic balls since 1963. During the sixties, Aquilino invented a jumping ball called 'PON PON' for use in play and exercise. This ball had a rigid handle for the grip. Cosani redesigned and improved the jumping ball during the eighties. Their new product called HOP, is also a ball with handle, but this time the handle was realized in a softer vinyl material and molded in connection with the ball -- progress from the point of view of the safety of the handle.
Illustrated Below: The US patent for the method of production of the first jumping ball issued to Aquilino Cosani in 1971, an Italian patent was granted in 1968.
Others Names Hoppity Hop, Hop Ball, Kangaroo Ball Kangaroo Hopper.
image provided by Ledraplastic SPA
patent drawings provided by the USPTO