Traditional yellow smiley face design with black text above and below the face
A "canoe nut" is a person who love to go canoeing or who considers themselves a canoe enthusiast, whether it be paddling canoes, making canoes, or knowing information about canoes. This button expresses that enthusiasm, and would be proudly pinned on by a self-described "canoe nut".
This button is a variation on the classic yellow smiley face that is comprised of a yellow circle, two black dots for eyes and a black arc ending in serifs for a mouth. It was designed in 1963 by by commercial artist, Harvey Ross Ball. Ball was commissioned by The State Mutual Life Insurance Company to create a happy face to raise the morale of their employees. His version was created in 10 minutes. The design was printed onto more than 50 million buttons. Neither Ball nor the company copyrighted this smiley, so it was continually used by other businesses in their promotions.
The design and concept is quite simple and was definitely used before Ball’s 1963 version. However his has become the most iconic. Variations have been used for advertising campaigns and in popular culture ever since.