Short take: "smiley face" - OED WOTD
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Mon May 10 02:27:17 UTC 2010
Ron, Arnold, anyone feel free to jump in to educate me at any point:
I'm not going to address the 1968 one about the kid using orange
paper and buttons to make a smiley face on his craft in Norwalk, CT
-- that's still post the Harvey Ball development (and didja notice in
the first 1971 cite -- it said "Ball Smiley Lamp"). [Being in
Worcester, I've got an agenda.]
>[Hopkinsville] Kentucky New Era - Feb 13, 1961
>A Bo-K of Balloons For Your Valentine. By Beth Schmidt. p. 8/4 [GNA page
>5 of 50]
>> Balloon bouquets can be selected and arranged in a variety of ways.
> > For instance, on this year's anniversary, you can send your loved one
>> assorted colors of balloons with "Happy Anniversary" printed on them.
>> Or for that small child who's celebrating his birthday, how about a
>> dozen "Smiley Face" balloons, arranged with party decorations to
>> accompany the bouquet.
This may or may not refer to the yellow and black design, or
something akin to it.
>The last one is a bit ambiguous, it would seem. But the design is
>obviously of a piece.
>Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Magazine Section - Family Weekly, Sep 8, 1957
>[GNA date Sep. 7--other sections confirm that this date is wrong.]
>Junior Treasure Chest. Ed. by Marjorie Barrows.
>Do-It-Youself Carnival. By Jane McHenry. p. 14 [GNA page 42 of 55]
>> First, make a carnival greeter to prop against a tree or fence. Tape a
>> paper plate to a mop head for a face, arranging the string strands on
> > each side for hair. Draw a big smiley face on the plate!
This doesn't seem to refer to anything akin to the yellow and black
design at all. So, would it just be a "generic" use: just a
self-explanatory use of the adjective "smiley" modifying "face."
While the OED def refers to the yellow and black design, the MWC11
def doesn't ("line drawing of a smiling face"), so they could use
that 1957 antedate, couldn't they?
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