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Grave of the Smiley Face Inventor - Worcester, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 14.079 W 071° 50.242
19T E 265871 N 4679728
Quick Description: The inventor of the ubiquitous smiley face, Harvey Ross Ball, is located in the western edge of the St. Rita section of Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/16/2019 4:46:40 AM
Waymark Code: WM10RCB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 1

Long Description:

When the State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, MA found it necessary to raise worker morale they hired freelance artist Harvey Ross Ball to design a happy image for posters, buttons, and signs. The result was the smiley face. Note: the original smiley face has oval eyes, the left eye is slightly larger, and the smile is asymmetrical.

Harvey Ball took ten minutes to create the image, was paid $45, and never applied for a trademark or copyright for his design. Thus, it entered the public domain and became free for anyone to use. The smiley face then became a world wide icon.

His grave marker contains the original image of the smiley face on both the front and the back.

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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