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.
Want to add a little pink Florida fun to your life? Original Don Featherstone signed flamingos can be purchased for $17.73 a pair through Amazon. Featherstone began inscribing his name on the original molds in 1987 to differentiate them from the knockoffs. Today, all authentic reproductions made have his signature molded into 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.
What are your thoughts on the plastic pink flamingo? I personally had no idea they had such a questionable reputation!