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History Of Inflatable Castle

Posted on 2013-06-03

Inflatable castles come in several nicknames according to geographical location. The "Bounce House" fit well to the revival of the hipster culture in New England. The Latinos have their "Brinca Brinca", meaning "Jump Jump", in their own tongue. "Jolly Jumps" is the Western USA and rural-area version of the inflatable structures, but considered obsolete, in the world of jumping castles.


"Moon Bounce" has evolved to become the global generic term for enclosed inflatables. Other nicknames used and associated with jumping castles are "Astrojump", "Moonwalk" and "Spacewalk". Closed Inflatable Trampoline (CIT) is a common term used by Southern Californians. Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and some parts of Australia refer to recreational inflatables as "Bouncy Castles" or "Inflatable Castles". "Jumping Castle" is yet another term used by Australia, Arizona, Canada and South Africa.


Although mostly insignificant to its main users, children of up to twelve years old, the history of jumping castles originated in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1959 where a mechanical engineer named John Scurlock experimented with inflatable tennis courts covers.


A pioneer in making inflatable domes, tents and signs, he invented the safety air cushion which, until now, is used by fire and rescue teams to catch people (and sometimes, animals) from tall buildings, billboards and other tall structures - his greatest achievement.


The "Space Pillow" was the first inflatable mattress. It had no sides but was modified in 1967 by adding a pressurized inflatable top supported by a three-side wall enclosure. The modified version was named "Space Walk". The "Jupiter Jump", with net walls attached to inflatable columns (therefore offering better ventilation), was developed in 1974 to solve the heat problem of the "Space Walk" which turned hot like a green house in summer.