|Text on Button||PHOOEY!|
Yellow button with a smiley face that has its tongue sticking out. The illustration and lettering are in black.
|Back Paper / Back Info||
|Curl Text||Green Duck Div. of ERO Hernando, Miss.|
The classic yellow smiley face is comprised of a yellow circle, two black dots for eyes, and a black arc ending in serifs for a mouth. It was designed in 1963 by commercial artist, Harvey Ross Ball. Ball was commissioned by The State Mutual Life Insurance Company to create a happy face to raise the morale of their employees. His version was created in 10 minutes. The design was printed onto more than 50 million buttons. Neither Ball nor the company copyrighted this smiley, so it was continually used by other businesses in their promotions.
“Phooey” is an expression used to show disapproval, disdain, or disbelief. Although the word has become less popularity in the present day, it is still most famously used by the cartoon character, Donald Duck.
About Harvey Ball. (n.d.). Retrieved September 12, 2020, from https://www.worldsmileday.com/index.php/article-index/item/380-about-ha…