This over-sized rubber duck lives by our pool. He is more of a style statement than a toy.
The design of the classic rubber duck was patented in the 1940's by Russian/American sculptor Peter Ganine. It is estimated that he sold about 50,000,000 of them.
I suppose my first encounter with the cheeky chappie was at travelling fairgrounds where one tried to fish them out of a circulating river with a primitive fishing rod.
Since those days, the rubber duck has spread his wings. One of the biggest rubber duck occasions is the annual Freestore Foodbank Rubber Duck Regatta in Cincinnati Ohio (US), there is also the huge annual Aspen Ducky Derby (US), and the Knoxville Rubber Duck Race (US). The Americans are obviously crazy about rubber ducks.
Such events also take place in the UK and in Australia.
The rubber duck, rather like the rubber chicken, has become a design classic, and can be found in museums and art galleries the world over.
I would like to thank Mr Ganine for his duck; it makes my life just that little bit more pleasant each and every day.