The ubiquitous pink flamingo was created in 1957 by a young design school graduate named Don Featherstone . It quickly won a place in the hearts and lawns of millions of bemused Americans . On the flamingo's thirtieth birthday in 1986 Don Featherstone's signature was added to its rump, immediately becoming a trusted symbol of authenticity . Featherstone retired last year from Union Products , the Leominster, Massachusetts company that makes the plastic birds. Several months later, Union Products quietly altered the flamingo mold to remove the Don Featherstone signature.
Minor details like lack of snow and stereotypical winter scenes don't keep residents in warm climates from celebrating and decorating for Christmas, just like their snow-bound friends to the north. Vintage holiday collectors Larry and Tony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, showcase a blow mold nativity set in their front yard, next to a palm. Like many collectors of Christmas blow mold lawn decorations, the two scour thrift stores, estate sales and online auction sites in hopes of finding ... MORE something old to add to their growing collection.