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Monday, 9 August 2010

Silly season curiosities - the Smiley ring



I was first introduced to Smileys in the 1970s when they came over to the UK as a novel curiosity from America. They soon became a universal symbol for friendship, happiness and peace – bringing with them the rather irritating strapline, Have a Nice Day!

In the ‘70s there were two main types of Smiley face fashion ring available. One was yellow with black markings for the eyes and smile. Some of these were ‘mood’ rings that changed colour according to how you were feeling. Hmmm...



The other was silver coloured and sometimes made from recycled cutlery. The original retro Smiley ring from ShopCurious (in these photos) may well have been created from a stainless steel spoon. It’s usefully adjustable, so should fit most fingers - or toes, if you're that way inclined.

At the height of the fad in 1972, apparently around 50 million Smiley buttons were produced. However, the genuine rings are now rather rare, so look no further if you’re after some inexpensive heirloom jewellery.



Anyway, the most comprehensive information I could find on the history of the Smiley appears in an early 2009 article about the film Watchmen, written by Jon Savage in The Guardian – and is recommended reading for the uninitiated.

Over the decades, the Smiley has had many incarnations from advertising campaigns to Acid House associations - and is now digitalized as the emoticon.

So, what d’you think of these perennially sunny smiling faces – quite cool, a bit of silly fun, or curiously sinister? Do let me know.

Will you?

8 comments:

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

such a classic image...iconic indeed~
Fab new week Susan darling!

Jan said...

I always inwardly cringe when I use the smiley emoticon :)
but I can't think of any other way to express light heartedness.
Thus, I over use it I think.
Seriously, I do.
:)
No, I mean seriously.

Style Porn said...

Hehe, I am reminded of the movie Forrest Gump, where Forrest creates the beloved smileyface icon accidentally by wiping mud from his face onto a t-shirt. Remember that?

Style Porn said...

Hehe, I am reminded of the movie Forrest Gump, where Forrest creates the beloved smileyface icon accidentally by wiping mud from his face onto a t-shirt. Remember that?

Susan said...

hey, Susan- great blog, thanks for stopping by mine :) I am a follower now too :)
xoxo

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Much love,
Sabina.
xxx

Sabina said...

Thank you for your lovely comment - and you're right, I'm definitely very curious about whether you'll enter or not... I really hope you will :))
xx

Leah said...

So cute!

Luvs!