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Playskool Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head, Sporting his Western Look

 

I used Potato Heads to decorate my classroom. I had about 100 Potato Heads then. When I broke up the elementary classroom, I donated all but 4 of my favorite Potato Heads; this is one of them. Eventually I sold him, so I'm glad I still have this pic.

 

A history of the toy:

 

1952

Mr. Potato Head was born on May 1, 1952 and began as a set of eyes with a few noses and mouths. The original Mr. Potato Head kit did not come with a "potato body," so the parents had to supply their own potatoes for face-changing fun. HIs debut into the toy scene sent him straight to the top, becoming the first toy to ever be advertised on television.

 

1964

Mr. Potato Head finally gets a body-a plastic potato on which his parts are attached!

 

1975

Body of Mr. Potato Head doubles in size, enabling younger children to play with him easily.

 

2000

Mr. Potato Head is inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame

 

I had an original set - mint in the box - but I sold it on eBay a few years ago for around $50. I wonder how much they are going for now.

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Taken on April 4, 2006