Harvey Ball and World Smile Day - Tombstone Tuesday

Harvey Ross Ball (10 July 1921-12 Apr 2001), Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester, MA
(Original Image and Text, Copyright (c) 2011 Cynthia Shenette) I decided to post a photo of Harvey Ross Ball's gravestone in honor of World Smile Day which is on October 7, 2011. Worcester native Harvey Ball was a commercial artist and the original designer of the smiley face.  If you think Mr. Ball made a huge profit off of the smiley we all know and love, you are wrong.  Mr. Ball never copyrighted or trademarked his smiley and was paid the princely sum of $45 in 1963 for his work.  By all accounts Mr. Ball never regretted his decision, and was a goodwill ambassador embodying the true spirit of his iconic symbol.  Smile!

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Barbara Poole said...

I'll have to remember to smile on the 7th. Outstanding monument, one that people won't forget.

Cynthia Shenette said...

You are right! It is a wonderful monument and such a nice way to be remembered!

Heather Rojo said...

My Dad sold insurance on Main Street in Worcester. He knew Mr. Ball from the Chamber of Commerce or some other business men's group in Worcester. Dad always had a box of his original smiley buttons on his desk, and made sure that the box on his secretaries desk was well stocked. I remember having dozens of them growing up- and we used them as markers for games, dishes for Barbies, and decorated our curtains!