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“I’m Thumbody” pin

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Sep 3rd, 2012. Artwork published in .
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    Source: http://www.flickr.com © 1971 Princeton Partners Inc. Photo by Dan Goodsell, 2012. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Anyone know the designer?

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    Source: http://www.flickr.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Another version with custom lettering, as shown in a “mid-70's edition of the book World of Logotypes”.

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    6 Comments on ““I’m Thumbody” pin”

    1. Neil Baker says:
      Feb 6th, 2013  6:22 am

      I was making pen and ink drawings from (donors’) thumbprints at art fairs etc. in the late ’60s and throughout the ’70s and ’80s. References in my character drawings — such as “I’m Thumbody,”  “Thumbody Loves Me”, and “the thumb-buddies” — were attached to many of my thumbprint drawings and my signature on my checks incorporated my thumbprint. The character used by the mental health associations (and later copyrighted by them without my permission) was created by me and sold to them in the form of buttons. All their copyrighted characters embody my thumbprint … and I have the thumb to prove it!

    2. Jan 30th, 2015  10:48 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Neil! Great to have the story told from the thumb himself.

    3. Deb says:
      May 19th, 2016  8:50 pm
      I have a photo of me and my cousin in my bedroom in 1976, and in the background is a “Thumbody Loves You” poster with this pink thumbprint. I have no idea now where I got it…
    4. Ivy Hefler says:
      Mar 30th, 2017  11:21 pm

      Just came across one of these exact pinbacks in my collection. It was nice to research it and see this post. I must have picked it up in the 60s or early 70s at one of those fairs.

    5. Mar 30th, 2017  11:26 pm

      This button was created by James R. Williams of Williams & Associates of Harrisburg, PA. The “I’m Thumbody” character was created for a promotion for First Federal Savings & Loan in the early 1970s. There were pinback buttons, beach towels, posters and coin banks given away for free by the bank. I have this exact button & I’m sure this where I acquired it in the early 1970s.

    6. Eric says:
      Apr 20th, 2017  7:00 pm
      Neil was my bus driver. He used to make thumbody pictures for the kids using their thumb and fingerprints.

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