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History and FUN FACTS!

In 1952, George Lerner of New York City invented and patented Mr. Potato Head based on an earlier toy called "make a face" that used a real potato.

Lerner originally designed his all-plastic toy as a prize for cereal premiums.

Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on network television.

In 1953, Mr. Potato Head meets Mrs. Potato Head.

The original concept of using actual fruits and vegetables was dropped in 1964 when Hasbro began supplying a plastic potato with each kit.

Newly passed U.S. safety standards required that the prongs on the face pieces be less sharp. These revised pieces could not puncture real food.

In 1987, Mr. Potato Head loses his pipe and becomes the official ‘spokespud’ of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

 
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