Founded in 2011, The International Sphaeralogical Society was created to celebrate the history and dynamism of the Super Ball®. Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1965 and sold by the Wham-O Manufacturing Co., the iconic toy has been the subject of fascination and play for almost half a century. The I.S.S. is dedicated to exploring and promoting the allure of this bounciest of balls.
These images were taken from the original video for Requiem for the Super Ball®. The stills were extracted from the video, shot at 2800 frames-per-second. The balls were traveling upwards of 300 mph and captured at the moment of impact or moments before and just after.
These photos are available for purchase as well through the I.S.S. and Charles Bank Gallery.
We have yet to classify all these balls, so if you have suggestions about their naming, please let us know and we will consider your ideas.