A vintage Drinking Lucky Bird – Sophie’s contest entry

sophies-drinking-luck-bird.jpgSophie’s contest entry:

Hi Pam,

I am a longtime lurker but have come out of hiding to share my Drinking Lucky Bird. I remember being fascinated by one as a child in the 80s (when, I believe, they were already vintage) so when I found this one tucked away in a drawer at an estate sale I didn’t hesitate to bring him home.

If he worked he would would bob up and down “drinking” from a glass. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been well looked after and he will only drink a few times before he stops. But his face is so full of vintage character (even with a piece of tape holding on his eyes!) that I keep him up on the shelf in my office. He makes me smile!

Thanks for a great site!


  1. Charlene says:

    I also had a lucky drinking bird, last night he was not so lucky! He broke! What was in those birds? I am thking mine dates back to the 1950’s.

  2. Dianne says:

    I have one of these in the original box with instructions. I was wondering if they have any value. It is we guess from 40’s, 50’s 0r 60’s not sure.

  3. Anita says:

    My brothers had them when we were kids, back in the 60s. I will ask and see what can be done to get him well again, as I remember they would frequently stop working correctly – but after some tweeking were good as new again.

  4. Susie says:

    Aw, my grandfather had one at his bar (which I dream about all the time, complete with orange formica and marbled, mirrored wall tiles) in the basement of his and my grandmother’s house. I remember he had the original box, too, in one of the drawers under the bar. I wish I could find one.

  5. RetroRuth says:

    They still make these! My husband received a new one last Christmas from his parents. It is the best!

    1. Pam Kueber says:

      Welcome RetroRuth. That’s great to know…. It will go on my Merry Retro Christmas list for 2009, for sure!

  6. Tikimama says:

    We had one of these in the 80s when I was a kid, too! My brother, sisters and I all thought it was the coolest. I sure wish I still had it!

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