Novelty:Fun-Tooth: Be the Life of the Party

ca. 1955

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

In the 19th century, etiquette manuals differed on whether using a toothpick at the dinner table was appropriate behavior or impossibly rude. This 1950s novelty assumes that picking your teeth is okay in company and offers the opportunity to extract a simulated bloody tooth at the end of a toothpick from your mouth to the horror of the assembled party. The printed instruction sheet in the box details to aspiring jokesters how to pull off the gag: "At the dinner table, put the FUN-TOOTH in your mouth with the toothpick projecting just like a regular toothpick. Act nonchallant at first, moving the pick around with the proper sounds and gestures so that your friends will notice it. For the suspense stage you can say: 'Something is wrong.' At the agony stage you can make noises of pain and fear. When you finally yank out the tooth with a yell, watch the effect." As the side of the box exclaims, "A Laugh Riot."

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  • Title: Novelty:Fun-Tooth: Be the Life of the Party
  • Date Created: ca. 1955
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: tooth, toothpick, humor
  • Type: More Toys
  • Medium: printed cardboard, molded plastic, printed paper
  • Object ID: 112.6265