Funny Face!: An Amusing History of Potato Heads, Block Heads, and Magic Whiskers

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Krause Publications, Feb 28, 2011 - Antiques & Collectibles - 120 pages
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The spud everybody loves to play with is turning 50 years old! Mr. Potato Head has delighted generations of children and now everyone can have a detailed look at the exciting history of the toy potato that has fascinated the world for half a century. This colorful book follows Mr. Potato Head from his birth in 1952 at the hands of Hassenfeld Bros., to the addition of Mrs. Potato Head and all the variations on the original, including the Jumpin1 Mr. Potato Head and the "Toy Story" version. Funny Face also highlights the pop culture aspect of the popular toy, including the toy premiums and other marketing items, such as Mr. Potato Head Ice Pops and the Potato Head Game that sprouted from its popularity.
 

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Contents

In The Beginning There Were Blockheads
7
Of Magic Whiskers and Potato Heads
10
Block Heads
24
Space Faces and The PotatoHead Races
32
Invasion of The Spud People
40
The Real Mr Potato Heads SecondToLast Stand
56
Plastic Funny Faces
68
The Real Mr Potato Heads Last Stand
88
The SafetyOriented Seventies and Beyond
94
Afterword
100
Index
117
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PHIL RICH, EdD, MSW, is an experienced psychotherapist who has practiced for over twenty years. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels, served as an instructor, and led professional workshops. He was born and raised in London, England, and now lives with his family in Amherst, Massachusetts. FRAN MERVYN, BSN, PhD, is a clinical psychologist. She is a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents, and in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts.

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