The History of Smiley Faces!
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.
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.
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.
Smiley Face necklaces so you can show the world how happy you are.
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.
Books on anger management.
Smiling bandana. You can be ghetto and happy at the same time!
Smiling hat for women. Yay!
Better yet, smiling underwear! You don't want to neglect your tush!
You can give your grandfather a heart attack by decorating his lawn when he's not around:
And finally, you can start a campaign!!!
Oh no, we're not done with this fabulous entry just yet!!!
We can't conclude without including some technology here.... moving smiley faces!!!!
Smile!!!!!!! Have a nice day!!!!!!!! :)