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Old 11-02-2006, 05:37 AM   #43
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Sad day for the pink flamingo

All Things Considered, October 31, 2006 In Leominster, Mass., the Union Products company has been making plastic pink flamingos for nearly 50 years. The plant is closing tomorrow, after stopping production earlier this year.
Robert Siegel talks with the man who created the first pink plastic flamingo as a Union Products employee back in the 1950s. Don Featherstone went on to become president of the company before his retirement six years ago.
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Old 11-02-2006, 08:51 AM   #45
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I just talked to this company, MasterGardening, a real person on the phone. He said these are the real Don Featherstone (http://www.mastergardening.com/gif-9001.html) and they are going REALLY REALLY FAST. And the price is the same as I paid months ago. For $12.95 a pair you too might be able to get the last of them.
And now they are out of the Featherstone's. The model the show isn't the original and is $19.95.
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Old 11-02-2006, 08:58 AM   #46
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Maybe we should all mail our pink framingos to the president and congress to show them that we are tired of our jobs and small businesses being sent over seas.
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Old 11-02-2006, 09:27 AM   #47
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these birds are too rich for my blood... i think i'll switch to something classsy like yard gnomes... or frogs with fishing poles...

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Check this out

$145.99 !!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Don-Featherstone...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 11-02-2006, 12:10 PM   #49
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No guarantees though. Lulu would probably get all giggly and think the thief was dropping by for a rousing game of "chase the flamingo".

Oh, Fed Ex is here even as I post. Sure enough, I think my back-up flamingos from MasterGardening BEFORE they started price gouging have arrived. Let me open them . . . . . and they are the real Don Featherstone Union Products thing.

Maybe I should put them in a safety deposit box.
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Old 11-03-2006, 11:28 PM   #50
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I just saw them on the Airstream store for $15....assume they are the real ones? pjpoll
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Paula,

I have heard that the ones sold by Airstream are not the original Featherstone Flamingos.

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I am crushed. We bought ours at the JC Factory Store and now to find out they aren't originals. What is the world coming to when one American Icon doesn't support another American Icon! No wonder they went out of business. It's the story of American manufacturing. China's economy is emerging at the cost of the American worker. How much longer 'till we start buying Airstreams built in China...hey, the quality might actually go up!
Hi, I think we will find Airstreams being towed by Chineese trucks first. At these prices, are there any rules against pet flamingos in the campgrounds? Since the price of plastic has risen faster than gold.

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Paula,

I have heard that the ones sold by Airstream are not the original Featherstone Flamingos.

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You are correct...they are not even Featherstone knock offs...but they are cheaper.....pj
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You are correct...they are not even Featherstone knock offs...but they are cheaper.....pj
I keep forgetting to verify, but the box ours came in looks identical to the one on the $145 e-bay auction. Is it possible that they did sell the originals and switched? We paid $15 or more for ours. I don't remember exactly because we bought other items at the same time.
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Knock Off's ?????

That's funny. Ours are in the original manufacturer's box and I cannot find the signature either. What fun this would be if the Chinese had copied the mold for the birds AND the box style and shipped a bunch of these over. Of course this would be all a mute point if the plant had not closed down. Now I have to watch the Pink Flamingos closer than the AS
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I just saw them on the Airstream store for $15....assume they are the real ones? pjpoll
Don't be fooled! I am sorry to say that the ones at JC are not the original Featherstones, but Made In China! I received a bulk case of real ones five days before to Obit. came out. I could use any protection anyone has to offer!
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