6 Things You Didn't Know About Flamingo Lawn Ornaments

Posted by Judy Cholfe on Monday, August 31, 2015 Under: Just So You Know

6 Things You Didn't Know About Flamingo Lawn Ornaments

Hello all! How was your weekend?  

Went garage saling again with my girlfriends, and picked up a couple of things…(for another time…)

An article came through to me from House Beautiful, (by Brie Dyas),  about PINK FLAMINGO LAWN ORNAMENTS….I just wanted to pass it on to you, so that you know as much about them as you can…..(HAHa!!! You never know when you will be needing this information in the futrure!!!!!)


“They’re actually flamboyant in more ways than one……”

DNY59 

Sculptor Don Featherstone, the creator of the iconic pink flamingo lawn ornament, died recently — but his invention will live on forever.

Don Featherstone 

Whether you find the retro decorations to be delightful or tacky, you have to appreciate how they’ve endured for decades. And some of the lesser-known facts about these pieces of midcentury kitsch might surprise you:  

1. THEY CAME FROM MASSACHUSETTS, NOT FLORIDA.

JEFF HUTCHENS 

You might think these tropical creatures would hail from a warm-weather state, but not so. They’re from Leominster, Massachusetts. In fact, the town has been called the “Plastics Capital of the World” for the number of plastic manufacturers doing business in the area. 

2. THE CREATOR WAS JUST AS COLORFUL AS THE BRIGHT PINK BIRD (HIS MOST FAMOUS WORK). 

This line in Featherstone’s New York Times obituary caught our eye, regarding the ensembles he and his wife wore: “[..]they wore matching outfits, handmade by Mrs. Featherstone, every day from the late 1970s onward, many of them in flamingo-patterned fabric.” 

3. THE ORIGINAL SCULPTURE WASN’T MODELED AFTER A REAL LIVE FLAMINGO. 

When Featherstone was assigned to design the lawn ornament in 1956, he turned to a copy ofNational Geographic for inspiration. 

4. THEY’RE STILL MADE IN THE U.S. (THOUGH THEY’VE MOVED AROUND A FEW TIMES.) 

Union Products, the original manufacturer, has long since closed, but HHC International purchased the flamingo molds. According to Retro Renovation, the company produced the lawn ornaments in Westmoreland, New York. Then, in 2010, Retro Roadmap revealed that Cado Products acquired the intellectual rights to the design and moved the production back to Massachusetts. 

5. THEY’RE IN THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY. 

Two birds from 1980 are part of the museum’s collection and are described as “one of the best-known icons of American pop-culture kitsch.” 

6. THEY’RE A KEY PART OF AN UNOFFICIAL TRADITION KNOWN AS “FLOCKING.” 

THE HOUSE THAT LARS BUILT 

Like the blogger behind The House That Lars Built demonstrates, flocking involves secretly filling someone’s yard with a bevy of pink flamingos(or, to be more accurate, a flamboyance) to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or for no other good reason than the fact that it’s hilarious. Believe it or not, many companies have popped up to offer this service. You really can get anything in America.”


So, now you know more about those lovely, fun pink birds…File away for “Trivial Persuit” tournaments……

Hope you get the chance to be flocked…Until next time, Judy

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