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Monday, November 06, 2006

Plastic Lawn Flamingos going extinct?


From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

Union Products Inc. stopped producing flamingos and other lawn ornaments at its Leominster factory in June, and is going out of business Nov. 1 -- a victim of rising expenses for plastic resin and electricity, as well financing problems.

The small privately held firm has been in talks with a pair of rival lawn ornament makers interested in buying the molds and resuming production of the flamingos, designed in 1957 by local son Don Featherstone.

Read the full story HERE!

For some reason this makes me incredibly sad, as the diversity of suburban lawn ornaments has been steadily declining since I was a child. I mean, if I see one more "bent over weeding flowerbed lady" cutout or one more "Amish guy leaning on a tree black silohuette", I'm gonna scream... give me the gauche simplicity of the gaudy pink plastic flamingo!

8 Comments:

At 11/06/2006 5:42 PM, Blogger amoorefan2 said...

can't someone else make them in smaller quantities and profit from this?

 
At 11/07/2006 6:43 AM, Blogger one of the twins said...

A sad day... I don't have one but I know I wanted a house rather than a condo so that if I so choose, I could have just such a flamingo in my front lawn without worrying about neighborhood associations.

 
At 11/07/2006 8:27 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

amoorefan2 - You'd think somebody would be able to sell these... I just hope they find a breeding pain in time...

 
At 11/08/2006 12:02 AM, Blogger G-evan said...

Ah, the day of the pink flamingo passes, but it heralds the return of the yellow prairie dog...

 
At 11/08/2006 12:29 AM, Blogger stymieresh said...

g-evan, I think you mean the return of the great JACKALOPE!!!

 
At 11/08/2006 3:19 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

That should be "BREEDING PAIR" in my previous comment, which completely blows the joke...

 
At 11/09/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger G-evan said...

JACKALOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 11/09/2006 2:40 PM, Blogger stymieresh said...

Yes, g-evan...

JACKALOPE!
Or if you prefer,
STAGBUNNY

 

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