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Saturday, April 4, 2015

6906 Brown Rabbit | Don Featherstone | Union Products, Inc. | Leominster, Massachusetts, United States | 1993

Spring is springing, and it’s time for Easter.  Here is the model 6906 Brown Rabbit (although I like chocolate bunny better) by Union Products.  It looks sweet enough to take a bite out of! Union is well known for its blow molded plastic designs, and Don Featherstone for his design creation.  Image source: eBay.  This like new pair sold for $195 on March 16.

Don Featherstone Blow Mold Easter Bunny in chocolate

The decoration is 31” in height.  A small light bulb fixture attached to a cord can be inserted through a hole in the bottom, but the plastic is so dark, not much could possibly shine through.  The illumination shows up much better on the white version than the chocolate brown. UPC Code: 0 78304 69060 9.

Don Featherstone Blow Mold Easter Bunny in chocolate signature

The pieces are signed “Don Featherstone” on the side of the base. Donald “Don” Featherstone is most widely known for his 1957 plastic pink flamingo, also created during his long tenure at Union Products, where he would eventually become President. Featherstone grew up in Berlin, Massachusetts. After graduating from the Worcester Art Museum’s art school, he was offered a job designing three-dimensional animals for Union Products, Inc. Featherstone eventually sculpted over 750 different items for Union Products.  In 1957, he was asked to design a flamingo. The

now iconic pink flamingo went on sale in 1958.  Read Pretty in Pink: Flamingos give color to Leominster for more information about Don Featherstone.

Don Featherstone Blow Mold Easter Bunny in chocolate bottom

The bottom is marked:

©1993 UNION PRODUCTS INC.
LEOMINSTER MA. 01453
CAT NO 6906 6908 6910

Don Featherstone Blow Mold Easter Bunny in chocolate head detail   Don Featherstone Blow Mold Easter Bunny in chocolate base detail

Detail of head and bottom.

The 6906 blow mold Easter bunny was also made in painted white plastic.  Image source:  eBay.

Don Featherstone Blow Mold Easter Bunny in whiteDon Featherstone Blow Mold Easter Bunny in white bottomDon Featherstone Blow Mold Easter Bunny in white imprint

References

Donald Featherstone (artist). Retrieved April 4, 2015 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Featherstone_(artist)

Beaudoin, D. (2006, November 3). Pretty in Pink: Flamingos give color to Leominster. Leominster Champion. Retrieved April 4, 2015, from http://www.leominsterchamp.com/news/2006-11-03/Front_page/002.html


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