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Putting a Good Face on it: The Evolution of Mr. Potato Head

It started as body parts you jabbed into real potatoes and became a cultural phenomenon, resulting in some sweet film roles and government work. Let’s go back to the beginning. 1949: A Spud is Born Brooklyn-born toy inventor George Lerner tries to capitalize on kids who like to play with their food. Surprisingly, Lerner’s idea of creating [...]

Celebrating 60 Years of Mr. Potato Head

The brain child of George Lerner, who invented the famous spud toy back in 1949, Mr. Potato head was first put out by Hasbro in 1952, but only the parts, not the body! Yes, the original had you sticking things into real potatoes! They only started including a potato body in the kit in 1964. [...]

The Evolution of Mr. Potato Head

The first Mr. Potato Head (1952) – via National Institute of Health 1949: A SPUD IS BORN Brooklyn-born toy inventor George Lerner tries to capitalize on kids who like to play with their food. Surprisingly, Lerner’s idea of creating face and body parts that can be jabbed into potatoes is a hard sell. Toy companies worry [...]