Founded in 2011, The International Sphaeralogical Society was created to celebrate the history and dynamism of the Super Ball®. Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1965 and sold by the Wham-O Manufacturing Co., the iconic toy has been the subject of fascination and play for almost half a century. The I.S.S. is dedicated to exploring and promoting the allure of this bounciest of balls.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Smiley Face Superball
Made in a variety of colors* and densities - ranging from clear to opaque - including the traditional yellow background, Hgauisus iscommonly characterized by a printed black Smiley (or Happy) Face on a solid background. A stylized representation of a smiling humanoid face, the graphic as we know it today, with its bright yellow background, dark oval eyes, and creases at the sides of the mouth was invented in 1963 by Harvey Ball, an American commercial artist employed by State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. It was originally intended as a way to boost corporate morale. Though Ball's claim of origination has been disputed - most famously by European Franklin Loufrani, who had the sense to file a copyright - and there are varying forms, his simple graphic is one of the most ubiquitous marks of 20th century illustration.