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George Lerner

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George Lerner (1922–1995) was an American inventor known for inventing the toy Mr. Potato Head. Biography Lerner was born in Brooklyn, New York and worked during his lifetime as an artist, graphic designer, and model maker. In 1949, he designed and produced a first generation set of plastic face pieces. The push pin shaped noses, ears, eyes, and mouth parts could be pushed into fruits or vegetables to transform the food into playmates. The toy did not take off at first because post-World War II consumers didn't like the idea of wasting food by playing with it. Lerner finally sold the toy for 5,000toacerealcompany.Thetoyswereplannedtobeapremiumgiveawayincerealboxes.ButwhenLernerfoundabetterdealofferedbytoymanufacturerHassenfeldBrothers(nowHasbro),Lernerandthemanufacturerboughttherightsbackfor5,000 to a cereal company. The toys were planned to be a premium giveaway in cereal boxes. But when Lerner found a better deal offered by toy manufacturer Hassenfeld Brothers (now Hasbro), Lerner and the manufacturer bought the rights back for 7,000. Hasbro officially named the toy, Mr. Potato Head. In 1964 and 1975, George Lerner's original designs got their plastic head and size upgr
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