Did you know that June 23 is Pink Flamingo Day? Pink Flamingo Day was declared in 2007 by Dean Mazzaralla, the mayor of Leominster, MA to honor the work of Don Featherstone, creator of the plastic lawn flamingo. Featherstone sculpted these pink flamingos in 1957 while working for Union Products, Inc. (in Leominster). Based on National Geographic images, the now iconic pink plastic yard ornaments went on the market in 1958, when the color pink was all the rage and Florida was touted as the ultimate tourist destination and paradise for retirement living.
Union Products closed in 2006, and the Flamingo stopped being produced. Yet shortly thereafter, a New York-based company purchased the molds for Featherstone’s flamingos and sub-contracted production to Cado Products. In 2010, Cado Products purchased the copyrights and plastic molds for the pink flamingos and continues to manufacture them.
And if you want to learn more about this controversial plastic bird’s history, Featherstone has written a book, “The Original Pink Flamingos: Splendor on the Grass,” also available through Amazon.
Or click here to read an intriguing article about the pink plastic flamingo and the flamingo’s symbolic relationship to The Sunshine State.