Museum of Curious Toys & Games: The “Funny Face” Board Game (1968)
Hello and welcome to another unique item in the Museum of Curious Toys & Games. Each item featured in this unique collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.
Featured Item: The “Funny Face” Board Game
Whitman was a board game company that was founded in 1916 as a subsidiary of Western Publishing Company. In 1968, Whitman had the let’s say unique idea to make the “Funny Face” board game — screenshots from which you see here. In 1979, Mattel purchased Whitman and they were eventually phased out. Lucky for us, “pieces” of this terrifying clown face game live on…in our nightmares!
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The basic premise of the “Funny Face” board game is pretty easy. Players must use a spinner to make a complete clown face before your opponents are able to do so.
The game was widely available in the 1960s. It would be interesting to know who came up with the various clown characters — so we can sure to avoid them forever. What were they thinking?
The clown characters are incredibly expressive, odd, scary and almost psychedelic in their characterizations. Take, for example, the clashing patterns of their bowties, hats, feathers and flowers. Note the odd colors of those clown ears — yellow, blue, pink. Note the hat designs, also very expressive, quirky and unique.
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Tags: #boardgames #vintage #clowns #funnyfaceboardgame
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Originally published at Margaret Wallace.