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Smiley Face T-Shirt-A Blast From the Past

Updated on October 9, 2014

Have a Nice Day

When I was in junior high in the 1970s, one of my prized possessions was my smiley face t-shirt. I loved that thing!

Like the t-shirt shown here, mine had a big yellow face with a big smile and those adorable oval shaped eyes. My shirt was white but otherwise, it was very similar to this one. Oh, it did have navy blue trim around the bottom of the sleeves. Hey! It was the '70s after all.

I don't usual jump on the fad bandwagon, but there was just something about this simple design that made me smile.

Photo Credit: Smiley Face T-Shirt #300 (Men's Black)

A Smiley Face By Any Other Name

The smiley face is also known as

Smiley

Happy Face

Smiling Face

;o)

Smiley Face Featured in Movie Poster - And in 1960s Advertising

1953 Movie Poster for Lili.
1953 Movie Poster for Lili.

The movie poster for the 1953 film Lili featured a smiley face along with other faces. Even before then, the smiley face was used in 1948 in the Ingmar Bergman film Hamnstad.

In the 1960s, the smiley face was used in advertising. Radio stations gave away sweatshirts with a version of the happy face on the front. Hanover Insurance hired Harvey Ball to create the iconic happy face we know and love for an image they had made into buttons for their employees.

Source Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: New York Herald Tribune. 10 March 1953

Smiley Face Tees for All!

Mytshirtheaven T-shirt: Smiley Face - xlarge, white
Mytshirtheaven T-shirt: Smiley Face - xlarge, white

This shirt is similar to the t-shirt I had, but of course it being the 1970s, mine had navy blue trim around the sleeves.

 

Have a Nice Day

The Smiley Face and the phrase Have a Nice Day

were paired up in 1970s advertising

and every day life.

Did You Wear a Smiley Face T-Shirt?

Did You Wear a Smiley Face T-Shirt?

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Happy Face in Business

My cousin ran a day care center during the 1970s.

The name of her business?

Happy Face Park-a-Tot

Yes, the sign featured a big yellow happy face.

Happy Face - Get One for You and a Friend

Ty Beanie Ballz Smiley Plush - Regular
Ty Beanie Ballz Smiley Plush - Regular

Toss around a Beanie Smiley plush toy and reminisce about the good ol' smiley face!

 

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    • CaztyBon profile image

      CaztyBon 

      5 years ago

      Every time I think of the Happy face I think of the movie Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks.

    • writerkath profile image

      writerkath 

      5 years ago

      I'm a total "Smiley" kind of gal - I sign my letters, cards, emails... everything with a smiley. Including my Squidoo comments! :) Kath

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      Vikki 

      5 years ago from US

      Have a ton of them ;) One for each mood, lol.

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      Didn't Have at-shirt but my kids did.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Ahhh, the 70's. I didn't have a t-shirt, but I did wear a smiley face button.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I love my smiley face! Mine is on the front right side with the saying I'm having a nice day don't screw it up. People smile and give me the thumbs up with a big smile on their faces - makes my day! :)

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love a smiley face! :)

    • PaigSr profile image

      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confussion

      And they they went into the blah state and changed it to have a day with the not so smiley face. Somehow it was not the same. Good to have the smiles back.

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      sybil watson 

      5 years ago

      I had neon, furry, smily face stickers that I put all over my denim binder - I loved those stickers. I had forgotten all about them until I read your lens - thanks for sharing the memories.

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