National Rubber Ducky Day!

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(I’m absolutely devastated this post got stuck in my queue and didn’t post yesterday – probably because it was Friday, the 13th! Grrr! Welp! I ain’t afraid of no ghosts…or any other supernatural entity…simply to tired to scream, run, or care…so this post is still a ‘Go!’ Enjoy…and sing along!)

How is this even a holiday? Where did the rubber ducky come from? Who made the first rubber duck? (BTW, both spellings – ducky and duckie – are acceptable!)

The earliest patent for a rubber duck toy was in 1928 by Landon Smart Lawrence. His design was for a bath toy which was weighted and when tipped would return to its upright position. The sketch included with the patent was that of a duck.

Russian Sculptor Peter Ganine sculpted many animal figures. One, a duck, he later designed and patented in the 1940s, and reproduced it as a floating toy, of which over 50,000,000 were sold. Jim Henson popularized rubber ducks in 1969, performing the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie, a popular Muppet from Sesame Street.

Sales of the iconic yellow rubber ducky we’ve come to know today soared in Britain in 2001. Why? A British Tabloid, The Sun, reported Queen Elizabeth II had a rubber duck in her bathroom that wore an inflatable crown.

The rubber ducky became a Toy Hall of Fame inductee in 2013. Founded in 1998, the Hall of Fame has only inducted 52 other toys.

So who created Rubber Ducky? No one can say for sure. But I’m fond of Sesame Street, and according to a 1973 Sesame Street calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is January 13. A friend of Ernie and Big Bird, Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode. Plus, they had the cool song – so I’ll stick with them!

Rubber Duckie you’re the one

You make bath time lots of fun
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you

Rubber Duckie joy of joys
When I squeeze you, you make noise
Rubber Duckie you’re my very best friend it’s true
I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby
Rub a dub dubby
Rubber Duckie you’re so fine and I’m lucky that you’re mine
Rubber Duckie I’d like a whole pond of you
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you

(Songwriter -JEFFREY A MOSS Published By Lyrics © T.S.E.C.)

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