Where did the Classic “Rubber Ducky” Originate?

From the moon!  Just kidd’n.

 

Classic Rubber-Ducky Toy

But seriously, or as seriously as we can get discussing rubber-duckies.  I am seeing rubber ducks everywhere lately and not even going out to find one.  I stayed a hotel last weekend with my daughters on a short trip.  The hotel we stayed at had a pool and were giving out a complimentary rubber -ducky-toy in each room.  And just on this very evening, I took the picture below at the hardware store.  Hey!  It is NOT even  Real-Rubber-Ducky.

Inflated Rubber Ducky at the Hardware Store in Victoria BC

Which has me leading to ponder the question below:

Why is the rubber-ducky the most popular of all the other water toy animals?
Why not the rubber frog? Or the rubber- water-buffalo-toy?  You can probably find a rubber-frog or rubber-water-buffalo-water-toy  but you may have to go looking for them.   If you are looking for a rubber frog, you may want to call that store first to make sure you don’t waste a trip.  A water- buffalo-water-toy?  I’d say you have your work cut out for you!

Where was the rubber duck invented?

Sculptor Peter Ganine created a sculpture of a duck in the 1940s, then patented it 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.  – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_duck

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