It’s a sad day today.
The factory that has cranked out over 20 million pink flamingo lawn ornaments since 1957 has gone out of business.
Production actually ceased in June, but the lights in the factory went out today.
Designed by Don Featherstone in 1957, the pink flamingo as we know and love it is now extinct. Several companies have expressed interest in acquiring the mold for phoenicopteris ruber plasticus but it just won’t ever be the same.
You can go to eBay (quickly) and bid on a pair. The current bid is $81 (retail is $10 – 15).
Much to the dismay of my neighbor, we had a pair in the backyard by the pool. Delightfully tacky, yet refined, they graced the yard for several years. One succumbed to the Phoenix sun, which turned it a pasty yellow color. The other was demolished by Trudy, our German/Australian Sheppard mix when she was a pup.
[tags]Pink Flamingo, extinction, lawn ornament[/tags]