Ole' Million Face was originally created by Carey Orr, an Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, and was first produced in 1925 by the Face Corporation of Philadelphia (a corporation with a sense of humor). It's not an "optical toy", but we thought it was very cool when we first found a very beat up old original. We took it into the intensive care ward of Photoshop and were able to reconstruct it to look as good as new.
There are 11 different blocks, each with 4 different images on each face: a head/hat block, righ & left eyebrows, left ear, left eye, right eye, right ear... etc etc. You can turn any block and each combination fits in with all the rest to create a brand new face. The resulting combination is 4 to the 11th power (4x4x4x4x4x4x4x4x4x4x4) or 4,194,304 different face combinations. Working at the rate of one change per minute, eight hours per day, six days per week, and fifty-two weeks per year, you can see every combination in exactly 28 years, 8 hours, 58 minutes and 48 seconds.
It was this original toy, and these images, on which was based the "Changeable Charlie" toy of the 1940's, 50's, and 60's, albeit with cruder images. As such, this toy has proved to have a very strong and wide appeal to "boomers" who remember and loved Changeable Charlie. This toy was first introduced in 1998 and is one of our best selling toys. A true heirloom toy. 6 x 7.5 inches; full color images on wood blocks, shrinkwrapped.