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.
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.
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.
The bottom is marked:
©1993 UNION PRODUCTS INC.
LEOMINSTER MA. 01453
CAT NO 6906 6908 6910
Detail of head and bottom.
The 6906 blow mold Easter bunny was also made in painted white plastic. Image source: eBay.
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