The History of Smiley Faces!

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Smile!!

Everyone loves Smiley Faces! Those big yellow perfectly-round headed faces with no bodies, black ovals for eyes, and a big corny grin. As lovable as they are, I have to wonder: where does this race of bright yellow beings come from???!

The Smiley Face was actually designed in 1964 by Harvey Ball, a co-owner of an advertising and public relations firm in Worchester, Massachusetts. He had designed this face for an insurance company. Intrigued? Here's the whole story:

In the early 60s, State Mutual Life Assurance of Worcester initiated a merger detrimentrally affected company morale. In 1964, the company started up a “friendship campaign” to get employees to smile whenever possible, even while they typed reports. How did the company do this? This was where Harvey Ball came into play. Ball spent about 10 minutes designing the smiley face and the company gave him $45 in return. Ball received no other profit from his invention and he had never copyrighted it. By the 1970s, the smiley face became the ultimate symbol for Americans of happiness and joy.

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This craze was fueled by two brothers, Bernard and Murray Spain. In September of 1970, they added the words "Have a nice day," to a smiley face, and copyrighted the whole ensemble. Soon everyone were making buttons, posters, greeting cards, shirts, bumper stickers, cookie jars, earrings, bracelets, key chains, and many other things. The number of smiley buttons produced by 1972 was estimated at 50 million.


Now the traditional smiley face has evolved into other forms, sexes, dimensions, and facial expressions. Today, the most popular use for smiley faces is in messenging as emoticons.
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Here are some ways smiley faces are applied:

Glowing Smiley Faces so you can hang them all over your room and be eerily glowed upon while you sleep.
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Smiley Face necklaces so you can show the world how happy you are.
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Smiley Face cell phone covers, just in case your ex calls, you can forget about all your worries because your phone is smiling at you.

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Books on anger management.
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Smiling bandana. You can be ghetto and happy at the same time!
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Smiling hat for women. Yay!
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Better yet, smiling underwear! You don't want to neglect your tush!
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You can give your grandfather a heart attack by decorating his lawn when he's not around:
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And finally, you can start a campaign!!!

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Oh no, we're not done with this fabulous entry just yet!!!
We can't conclude without including some technology here.... moving smiley faces!!!!

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Smile!!!!!!! Have a nice day!!!!!!!! :)

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Posted by:
Posted on: January 31, 2006 09:08 PM

you are cool

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Posted by: Michelle
Posted on: April 24, 2006 05:02 PM

Wow!! I love Your Site!! It Rules !! Go To Mine !! Well it`s not done yet but contact me so i`ll give it to you :)

i`ll give you some of my smiley faces to!!

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Posted by: SK
Posted on: May 19, 2006 08:10 PM

cool, i didn't realize that

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Posted by: UnKnown
Posted on: May 21, 2006 06:59 PM

SMILE.....SMILE....SMILE!!!that's cool

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Posted by:
Posted on: May 24, 2006 06:21 PM

that's really cute!!

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Posted by: Chelsea
Posted on: June 3, 2006 10:55 AM

Hi. Awesome website. I just love the pictures. LOL

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Posted by: Isobel
Posted on: June 17, 2006 09:29 AM

i luv da smiley phone case. it's well cool!! and the little animations.

SMILEY PEOPLE MAKE HAPPY PEOPLE!! YAY!!!!

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Posted by: jack
Posted on: June 17, 2006 10:15 AM

smileys r the greatest! I am crazy about smiley faces.

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Posted by:
Posted on: June 27, 2006 03:57 PM

I absolutly ADORE your site!!!!! I love smiley faces too! I had like no idea where they came from like whatsoever!I think that's totally awesome!Like LOl!!!!!!!

Who thought that the smileey face would have to be INVENTED? Jeez, I just never thought! I'm a smiley face junkie. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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Posted by: VANESSA
Posted on: March 29, 2008 07:00 AM

i think you should add some love smileys that's what i was looking 4!!!

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Posted by: D.A.C.
Posted on: April 23, 2008 08:55 PM

sweet page..... i like the coment about the geto bandana.... ya.... prity origenal.

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