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Old 06-29-2008, 08:56 AM   #15
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Here's my hypothesis:
Flamingos along with various genres of lawn art started in the 40s reaching iconic magnitude in the 50s. I recall my parents had a pair of cast concrete flamingos with rebar legs in the 50s were were already quite old and held together by duct tape ( the history of duct tape is another story). Concrete lawn art's function was somewhat a puedo status status symbol, middle class suburbia not being able to afford the more affluent marble urinating children fountains or bronze deer. Those more transient elements on the fringes of society and fringes of metropolitan areas lived in "Trailer Parks" in park model house trailers. In an effort to appear more middle class some of early trailer dwellers would festoon their meager yards with lawn art including flamingos, dwarfs, rabbits, etc. The American middle class, looking for something to dispose their disposable income on, together with the resurgence of the back to the land ecomovement, the rise of the hippies, and new availabilty low cost light weight plastic molding technology fostered an atmosphere of camping chic. Flamingos being predominately one color which could be cheaply manufactured, fell into this slot of psuedo trailer trash, los cost hippy chic and the rest is history.
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:18 AM   #16
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The history of the Plastic Pink Flamingo

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Old 06-29-2008, 09:25 AM   #17
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:14 AM   #18
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Okay, so I was totally thinking of something else...

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Old 06-29-2008, 10:31 AM   #19
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Frank,
First of all I thought you were an intelligent guy, I thought of all people in the Airstreaming world "Frank gets it!"
And now this...?
Not understanding the Flamingo thing is like asking "Why did they use Aluminum to build these trailers?"
Come on Frank...maybe being stuck on that zipper messed you up abit?..or maybe that homespun hooch ya'll had in Verona?
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:46 AM   #20
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I know what you mean, Frank, I don't really get it either, this obsession with all things flamingo, Or for that matter, Aluminum trailers, Pies, etc, etc. Unfortunatey, flamingos have the ability to fly out twenty foot fences and like crows, are attracted to shiny things. Better stop polishing or build a bigger fence. Resistence IS futile.

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Old 06-29-2008, 10:52 AM   #21
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That's the point--they are sooo kitchty and tacky it is just fun to put them up! Kind of an anti-establishment-goodtaste-let's not be so serious about things that have no real meaning anyway thing. Frivolous, silly, and fun in a you've-got-to-be-kidding sort of a way. Like gnomes in the garden and {ducking for cover) Precious Moments stuff.
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Old 06-29-2008, 02:00 PM   #22
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Is it just me, or is there suddenly an overabundance of flamingo pictures on the portal page?...
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Old 06-29-2008, 03:10 PM   #23
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Lots of good responses here... personally I don't like flamingo stuff (but have it, display it...) ~ but it is the wonderful symbolism that others have mentioned or alluded to here that is the great part! Anti-establishment fervor... lots of "old hippies" have Airstreams ... [me included...] Don't take things too seriously unless it is really important! Have fun and go camping!

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Old 06-29-2008, 04:07 PM   #24
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"Get" it?

Not everybody "gets" the same things. I "get" pink flamingos. I "get" Hawaiian shirts. I "get" camping. I "get" VWs.

I don't "get" a lot of things other people "get." But if we all "got" the same things, life would be a drag.

Not everyone "gets" silver shiny aluminum trailers, after all.

And thank goodness for that.
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Pink flamingos AND Hawiian shirts? Have you been looking in my closets??
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filamingo?

no!

4 dose 'dat r or wanna b....

theeengk turkey...

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You know what's funny, the connection of the two American icons of the lawn flamingo and the Airstream are so deeply embedded in the zeitgeist, that when I bought my Bambi, a good friend celebrated with me by presenting me with my own lawn flamingo for the camper. I feel obliged to point out that my friend did not then, or ever, own an Airstream. She just KNEW the two went together.
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