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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I started collecting flamingo figurines about 30 plus years ago. The first one I found while on vacation in St. Pete, Florida. Stopped at a junk shop in an old gas station. There it was a Maddux of California flamingo planter, sitting in the glass block window. The flamingo bug got me. I've hoarded a mass collection, made up of Brad Keeler, Maddux of California, Will George and Made in Japan plus a few other makers. A lot of the figurines fell over and broke, so if you buy any, check out the necks for repairs. Mine are all perfect. My grandmother had a pair in her China cabinet, back in the 60's. She said she bought them at the dimestore, she threw them in the garbage after having them for awhile. Too bad I didn't appreciate flamingo figurines back then.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Maybe it's time we have a contest on who has the tackiest thing in their collection. I won the worst painting.
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      I donated that painting to Irma. LOL !
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Did you know that flamingos in the States migrate to Cuba, - & don't fly back. The ones you see in FL have their wings clipped so they can't fly to Cuba.
    4. Cpomedx Cpomedx, 5 years ago
      Ok, we are now officially jealous. Not so numerous down here in australia, never the less we love flamingoes. That's an awesome collection.
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      I got my friend addicted and gave my collection to him. He lives on Flamingo Cres. I got some rare large ones also, 15 inches and higher. Also had a flamingo lamp with real feathers. I just have the large one about 14 inches with 5 flamingos together made in Romania.
    6. Quantumphysica Quantumphysica, 5 years ago
      This is impressive and kind of amazing, and a lot of hipster girls would be screaming jealous of this collection. A part of me would love to see some sort of diorama with all of these ^_^
    7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      wow! i've heard that it is incorrect to say a 'flock of flamingos' and that one of the correct terms is a 'flamboyance of flamingos'! you have quite the flamboyance of flamingos!
    8. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
      What's the flocks wrong with Flock?
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      O-h-o-o-o-o !
    10. Cheeboy, 5 years ago
      Impressive collection. Do you happen to have any of the Will-George statues distributed at the opening night of the Flamingo Hotel in 1946?
    11. Junkman60 Junkman60, 5 years ago
      Wonderful collection. I used to own a close to 400 figurines and had Turner prints and mirrors as well The looked good in my circa 1920s Spanish house on the river
    12. Nursekent Nursekent, 5 years ago
      I wish I did have the Will George figurines that were given out. I believe they were marked Flamingo Hotel. I do have the Turner mirrors and prints, the aluminum outdoor statues, small and large, salt and peppers... etc. Thanks for the compliment.
    13. Josquin, 2 years ago
      wow :-))
      I just found a planter....marked California Pottery co. it has some green in the wings...about 11" high....can't seem to figure out the age of the designer.
      wondering if it is a later version ? Can't post photos here it seems, but I did post on the show and tell.....any info welcome, thanks

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