Mr Smiley had a ball

The original smiley () was created in
1963 by freelance artist Harvey R. Ball

Photo © Simon Johansson

Wkipedia: A smiley or happy face (☺/☻), is a stylized representation of a smiling human face, commonly represented as a yellow (many other colors are also used) circle (or sphere) with two black dots representing eyes and a black half circle representing the mouth.

The iconic smiley was created by freelance artist Harvey R. Ball in 1963 in an advertising campaign. Ball never copyrighted or trademarked the symbol resulting in its being in the public domain and modified by countless artists over the years.