Foam Finger History

February 10, 2012 by staff 

Foam Finger History, A foam hand, also known as a foam finger, is a sports paraphernalia item worn on the hand to show support for a particular team. The most common version resembles an oversized hand with an extended index finger. Usually the surface displays a silk-screened team name, logo, or other graphic or slogan, such as “We Are #1.” Foam hands are made of open-celled foam; slits in their bases allow them to be worn.

Invented by Geral Fauss in 1978, who originally created the giant finger out of plywood.

Besides being sold at all manner of sporting events and venues as souvenirs, foam fingers are used as fund-raisers for schools and booster clubs as well as corporate promotions.

To date, the majority of “foam hands” have been produced in a planar-like form. However, in early 2009, a product that more-closely replicates the dimensional form of a human hand (like Hulk Hands with an extended finger) was introduced and marketed under the trade name Radhand, a company owned by Vincent DeFelice and Dennis Magner.

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