Monday, July 17, 2006
The history of the pink flamingo can be traced back to 1946 when' Union Products' started manufacturing products the company called “Plastics for the Lawn.” Their collection included dogs, ducks, frogs, and even a flamingo. But their line of decor had only one problem: They were only two-dimensional. 10 years later, enter Don Featherstone as employee of Union Products, a designer/sculptor who after tackling the ardous task of designing a 3-D duck based on a live duck model began work on a Pink Flamingo. Having no 'real' Flamingo to use as reference he looked at pictures from the National Geographic...guys, we've all used those pictures for something, right? Anyhoo. Featherstone made the original from clay and from that original a plaster cast was made and from that cast came the pink plastic Flamingo we all know and love. 1957, you could not be considered a in-the-know homeowner without one of these on the lawn...of course, some 10 years later, the world was rebelling against a plastic society and the Flamingo was relegated to the trailer parks and white trashy domicles in the South...it wasn't until the 80s that the kitsche factor of all things tacky and 50s-ish transformed this from lawn trash back to lawn art. Since that time the Pink Flamingo has been revered as the penultimate decoration and landmark for hipster watering holes, fun and funky clothiers and 'kick your flip flops off' good time eateries.
Me, I think they make for fun photos and they smell addicting.
march of the flamingos. Diana (Banier clone). Ilford HP5+
Humus, dip into some of my work there. And when you finish that adjust your f-stop.
I need your Toy Camera works, shoot, submit.
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