Rubber duck by Safety 1st, 1996

Rubber duck
by Safety 1st, 1996

Straight from the nineties, this vintage Safety 1st rubber duck was designed with baby in mind!

Carefully crafted from quality vinyl, baby’s ducky is as precious as your old record collection. You and baby will both enjoy the painted details and debossed eyebrows that make the Safety 1st rubber duck as special as you think you are. The paint is probably nontoxic, which will give you the comfort you need while baby is teething.

Additional text from The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY:

While rubber squeak toys have been around since the 1800s, no one has identified exactly who hatched the idea of the rubber duck. Examples of yellow, molded-rubber duck toys appeared around the 1940s. Over the years, their design has evolved, settling on a standard form of a swimming duck with a bright orange bill. In more recent years, rubber ducks are not even rubber–they’re mostly made of vinyl. Rubber ducks are most often identified as a bath-time plaything for babies and toddlers. Their image as the quintessential tub toy was sealed in 1970 when Ernie, the cheerful orange Muppet on “Sesame Street” sang “Rubber Duckie.” The catchy song went on to become a childhood hit, in the same way that the ducks themselves had become a standard part of childhood. Simple, durable, and inexpensive, they outlasted more complex toys. The cheerful yellow quackers have become such an artifact of pleasant childhood memories and nostalgia, some manufacturers offer them in forms suited more to adult collectors than to little tykes in the tub.


Title: Rubber duck
Creator: Safety 1st
Date Created: 1996
Location: China
Subject Keywords: duck, bathing
Type: Baby and Toddler Toys
Medium: vinyl, paint

See more at The Strong National Museum of Play.

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