Anti-Hero Hostility Dart Board

In 1967, artist Robert Cenedella came out with the "Anti-Hero Hostility Dart Board," featuring "photographic images of some of your favorite anti-heroes." Consumers could choose between an "LBJ, Lady Bird, Humphrey, Castro, Hochi Minn, De Gaulle, Nasser, Nixon, Bobby Kennedy, Reagan, or Sigmund Freud" dart board.

In a later interview, Cenedella said that, "For a few dollars extra, you could put a relative or an ex-wife there." He added, "I had more success in doing these gimmicks than I did at my art."

The following year, Cenedella discontinued the dart boards, citing his concern that the nation had become too violent.

As far as I know, Cenedella's Hostility Dart Board was the first commercially sold, political-themed dart board. But nowadays they're fairly common. Zazzle.com, for instance, has a bunch of them.





La Crosse Tribune - June 12, 1968

Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 30, 2016
Category: Politics, Products, 1960s





Comments
These products are interesting and I guess if they are used in good fun, why not. But I don't think I would want a constant reminder, in my home or my office, of a personality that would elicit negative emotions.
Posted by Conrad in Pensacola Florida on 11/30/16 at 09:06 AM
Something that I've lost over the years and wish I still had: the Official Nixon Countdown Calendar. It was sort of optimistic in assuming that Nixon would serve out his term in office. In hindsight that made it ironic.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 11/30/16 at 12:55 PM
This year the hostility dart board may be seen as passe and the hostility piñata as in. Of course you can only bash a Donald Trump piñata once. cool smirk
Posted by Phred22 on 11/30/16 at 03:53 PM
If you don't want to throw darts at the face you love to hate, there are many places you can order toilet paper imprinted with it. I don't know if they'll customize your order, though, such as putting a picture of your ex on it.
Posted by Fritz G in Soudan Level 27 on 12/01/16 at 07:21 AM
Imagining Hillary Clinton's face on my heavy bag during workouts got me through three extra rounds every day for the last year. She was good for that, at least.
Posted by A Nonny Mouse on 12/01/16 at 08:49 AM
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