A flamboyance of flamingos all across the world: Our photo uploader is “on,” and in honor of Don Featherstone, let’s see yours

a readers pink flamingo lawn ornamentsUpdate June 24, 2015:

Did you know that a flock of flamingos is actually called a “flamboyance”? So perfect! Earlier this week, the designer of the iconic, beloved, midcentury flamingo lawn ornaments — Don Featherstone — died. He was 79. The tributes are already pouring in. His hometown newspaper, the Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel & Enterprise wrote a lovely, lovely story.  The New York Times put his story on the front page. Rest in serene peace, Don Featherstone.

For the past 24 hours, since I learned this sad news, I thought about what to do and finally hit on: What better way to honor Don Featherstone and the joy that he has brought to the world via these happy flamingos than by showing photos of how they continue to grace our homes, our lives. So: The uploader that we did in 2012 is reactivated. Let’s see your flamingos — let’s share the flamboyance!!! In honor of Don Featherstone, who died earlier this week, I am activating this 2012 uploader again.  Above: A reader photo submitted in our original 2012 story — we start with 66 photos. 

Upload your photos of your Featherstone flamingos:


  1. Upload ONCE and trust the image is there — we just need to “set new photos free” from the control panel and will be checking frequently each day to do so. 
  2. Terms of Use apply – read ’em, please.

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  1. hannah says

    Most interesting Twisted Time! I did a quick Google image search and don’t see anything that totally resembles the ad you shared. I’d love to see an old pic of them in someone’s yard.

  2. says

    Our flamingo lost his legs; he must have been off-brand. Instead of throwing him away, my DH added a new wooden leg (pirate style) and set him to watch over our eggplants and squash plants.

  3. Susan C. says

    So cute, I am still waiting to see if you have an article about retro swing sets and vintage swimming pools in retro neighborhood parks. Your website is really awesome!

  4. Hugh says

    I have a real nice pair Albert Simon, the welder made but can’t seem to get around to putting them in on the front lawn.

  5. says

    I hope this doesn’t offend anyone and it might not even be true, but a few years ago a friend told me that flamingos in the front yard are sometimes code for swingers.

    Just a heads up in case anyone suddenly gets aggressively friendly neighbors. Or if you have an overly nosy neighbor it might be fun to get some just to mess with them.

    I still want them though.

  6. Liz says

    My husband’s 50th birthdat is coming up and I want to rent 50 pink flamingos to put on the lawn. Does anyone know a company that does that near Kennebunkport Maine? Please help!!

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