Rubber Duck Squeaks Into National Toy Hall of Fame
The Rubber Duck has been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Thanks to our Olympic Hot Tub FB fans who answered the call in August to nominate their favorite hot tub toy, the duck is now officially “in”.
Maybe my blog post August 1st “9 Reasons the Rubber Duck Deserves to be in the National Toy Hall of Fame” influenced the vote! Do you think??
Here’s what the press release from National Toy Hall of Fame revealed about the beloved ruber duck:
“Rubber toys first appeared in the late 1800s, when manufacturers made use of Charles Goodyear’s process for rendering rubber into malleable material. The first rubber ducks didn’t even float: they were cast solid and intended as chew toys. By the 1940s, rubber ducks developed into the iconic floating yellow figure with bright orange bill we recognize today. For many decades, most duck figures have been made of vinyl, but we still call them rubber ducks.
Rubber ducks naturally inspire water play that develops muscle strength and coordination. With their bright color, smooth texture, and (for some) squeaky or quacky sounds, rubber ducks sharpen toddlers’ senses. Their presence in the bathtub soothes youngsters’ fears of water and water immersion and makes good clean fun of the routine hygiene they’re learning.
Rubber ducks have been recognized as the quintessential bathtub toy since 1970 when Ernie, the cheerful orange Muppet on Sesame Street, first sang the catchy ditty “Rubber Duckie” to his best bath buddy. The song rose to number 16 on Billboard’s chart of hit tunes and, decades later, kids still sing the praises of their water play pals. Adults, too, appreciate rubber ducks. Collectors proudly display variations of the classic form that proclaim their affinity to colleges, careers, sports, celebrities, and holidays. Aficionados adorn their homes with rubber duck–themed shower curtains, towels, bathrobes, nightlights, and wallpaper. “Rubber Duckie, you’re the one,” indeed!”
Somehow they forgot the duck’s importance to hot tubbing! Thanks to our friends at Ruba Duck for alerting us to the duck’s absence from the Hall of Fame having been ignored for such toys as Mr. Potato Head! We’re grateful that the oversight has been corrected. Hurrrah for rubber ducks!
As the Romans said it, RES EST SERVAS VOLUPTAS. Pleasure is serious business
Author: Don Riling
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.