Mr. Potato Head Set, 1955-1960

Summary

When introduced in 1952, Mr. Potato Head came with sharp-pronged plastic eyes, ears, noses, and mouths that kids could stick into a potato and arrange in endless variations. Mr. Potato Head soon acquired a wife, children, and a variety of accessories, including a car and a boat. He also had the distinction of being the first toy advertised on television.

When introduced in 1952, Mr. Potato Head came with sharp-pronged plastic eyes, ears, noses, and mouths that kids could stick into a potato and arrange in endless variations. Mr. Potato Head soon acquired a wife, children, and a variety of accessories, including a car and a boat. He also had the distinction of being the first toy advertised on television.

Artifact

Play set

Date Made

1955-1960

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2000.57.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)
Nylon
Felt (Textile)

Dimensions

Height: 2.625 in

Width: 7.375 in

Length: 10.375 in

Inscriptions

box top: Mr. POTATO HEAD / YOU'LL ENJOY HIM AS HE SCOOTS ALONG IN HIS CAR AND BOAT TRAILER side of box: SO EASY TO ASSEMBLE THESE AND MORE WITH ANY FRUIT OR VEGETABLE - / IN HIS CAR OR AS A - PEAR PEPPER ORANGE APPLE CUCUMBER side of box: BEGIN WITH A POTATO AND FOLLOW THE SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS INCLOSED / START / FINISH / RIDING AROUND IN HIS CAR AND TRAILER OR STANDING UP - HE'S A RIOT box ends: MR. POTATO HEAD WITH HIS NEW CAR AND TRAILER IS / A RIOT OF UN FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY / REGARDLESS OF AGE. MORE AMUSING THAN EVER! / HASSENFELD BROS., INC. / CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. / MADE IN U.S.A. / 2050X100 instruction sheet: Mr. Potato Head® / FUNNY FACE IDEAS / ADVERTISED IN LIFE instruction sheet: Mrs. Potato Head® / FUNNY FACE IDEAS / ADVERTISED IN LIFE

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