Everything I currently know about Art Pickles
Art Pickles (full name Arthur Pickles) was a yorkshireman who most likely was involved in the Yo-Yo industry from it’s birth in the 1920s. Art worked as a professional Yo-Yo demonstrator and was advertised as a ‘World Champion’ – although there is no evidence of him ever winning a publicly held contest.
Art worked for Lumar Yo-Yos, running contests and demonstrations. Don Robertson was his junior. Art used to travel the UK promoting Yo-Yos at schools, toy shops and local cinemas.
Art visited the US and according to June 18th 1972 edition of Boca Raton News, Art held the world record for Loop-the-Loop at a total of 1269. According to the same article “Eventually Art joined the A.A., and never looped again.” Another paper reports Art set a record for “the most difficult Yo-Yo trick, the double handed cross-over loop-the-loop” reportedly achieving 1,269 and “suffered no ill after-effects”.
Art had a signature Yo-Yo. It was a whistling model made by Lumar in collaboration with Outspan, an orange juice manufacture. If you collected coupons and sent them off you received the Yo-Yo at a discounted rate.
I’m still on the search for more information about Art so if you have any useful information please get in touch!