Featherstone was an art major who worked as a designer at a plastics factory when he struck gold — pink, actually — with the flamingo design. It was his second assignment.
He designed it with the idea that in the post-war world, people needed a way to recognize their home within the cookie-cutter world of the housing development.
“You had to mark your house somehow,” Featherstone told Smithsonian Magazine. “A woman could pick up a flamingo at the store and come home with a piece of tropical elegance under her arm to change her humdrum house.”
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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