The Orginal Mr. Potato Head And His Origins
Girl playing with Mr. Potato Head in 1953. Picture Post / Getty Images
When you say Mr. Potato Head today, many people immediately think of the “Toy Story'' character voiced by Don Rickles. However, Mr. Potato Head dates back to the ‘50s. Inventor George Lerner’s idea of decorating real potatoes with plastic parts was met with alarm over its wasteful conceit. Lerner’s ludicrous potato suggestion came during WWII when food rations fell steeply.
Nevertheless, the inventor parlayed a Mr. Potato Head cereal deal into a lifetime toy that eventually landed the starch-based trinket in the Toy Hall of Fame (yes, we’re surprised there is one too). Here’s the history of Mr. Potato Head from carbohydrate to film star.
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