The first toy commercial to appear on television was for Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head in 1952.
Unlike today’s version of the popular toy, the 1952 version required children to use a real potato and affix plastic eyes, mouths, and ears.
It wasn’t until 1964 that a plastic potato came with the kit, thus sparing homes of the effects of rotting potatoes that were discarded into toy boxes and under beds.
More than 100,000,000 Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads have been sold in the past sixty years.
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I can’t help feeling that making your own Potato Heads would have been more fun than buying them ready made!