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Mr. Potato Head was invented and developed by George Lerner and first manufactured in 1952. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on television and has remained in production since its debut. The toy was originally produced as separate plastic parts with pushpins that could be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable. However, due to complaints regarding rotting vegetables and new government safety regulations, Hasbro began including a plastic potato body within the toy set.

Mr. Potato Head was "born" on May 1, 1952. The original toy cost $0.98, and contained hands, feet, ears, two mouths, two pairs of eyes, four noses, three hats, eyeglasses, a pipe, and eight felt pieces resembling facial hair. The original Mr. Potato Head kit did not come with a potato "body", so parents had to provide their own potato into which children could stick the various pieces.

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You're more than welcome, thanks Hanne


Funny!!! Thanks so very much Mandy!


I know whatnauts, it's quite hard to believe that 60 years ago no-one thought twice about giving small children very sharp and pointy objects to play with - I don't know if any injuries were ever reported, but on the whole we all seem to have survived!!


Can't you just imagine the uproar if a company came out with this toy today, in it's original form, complete with pushpins!!! It's amazing we all grew up at all, what with toys like this one, not to mention the original lawn darts, etc.

I had one of these, but mine came with a body and by that time there were no more 'pins', but rather plastic knobby things that could be pushed into prepared holes on the body.


Thanks PJ - it was a bit like a puzzle... having to put all the different body parts onto the body... ideally in the right way, but humorously in the most ridiculous ways possible!! LOL!


Thanks Mandy - Mr Potato Head was totally new to me, but I appreciate the fun images and interesting info. It sounds like this toy gave a lot of pleasure :-)))


Thanks Barb, I missed your comment earlier, you must have posted it while I was posting my earlier one! I guess it's only really famous for being the first TV commercial aimed at kids! I used to tell my children, that if they saw something they wanted advertised on TV they definitely would not be getting it! I think it worked as I seldom had them pestering me for the things that always looked so appealing on TV, but were so often a disappointment when taken out of the box! Above toy excepted... of course!

Thank you Josie, I have to confess to looking everything up on Go-ogle! I didn't know anything about any of these days before I started researching for them... now I learn something new every day. I'm so pleased you enjoy how I turn the info into puzzles :~)))

My brother must have had the original one too Edie, as I don't remember a body either. I do remember fruit being used and those points being sharp!! Happy Birthday for next week!!


Well I obviously had the original because there was no body included. We would stick the pieces into potatoes but mostly into fruit. Apples, oranges and even bananas. My kids and grandkids had them as well. He's a week older than I am, 'Who Knew'? Thanks Mandy.


You are a wealth of knowledge and trivia, but what is special is that you turn it all into wonderful puzzles. Thank you dear.


This one is a little more bizarre than most Ardy, and I was surprised at that photo too!! I vaguely remember one of these, but I think it was my younger brother's rather than mine. So glad you're enjoying the series, thank you :~)


I'm also glad that you are continuing to post these WK puzzles. It's funny, I've never had one nor have any of my nieces or nephew. I'm not even really familiar with Mr Potato Head although I have heard of it. Love your images as always, Mandy, thank you! :-)


Cute, Mandy!! You even found a picture of Obama with a Mr. Potato Head - amazing what's available. LOL I remember this but never had one. I was rather past the age for such as I was in high school by then and such childishness would have beneath us. :-))) Thanks for another delightful puzzle about a very interesting and unusual day. What you are doing with your Who Knew is so special. Thank you for continuing it.