The popularity of flamingo TV lamps, particularly those from Lane & Co., is the result of several factors. They are large, rare, (with breakage increasing their rarity) and appeal to collectors of all sorts of flamingo figurines, making them a true cross-over collectible.
Seldom did Maddux of California fail to place the company name on their products, but that is the case with this colorful flamingo planter/lamp. Photos courtesy of eBay seller rustydans.
|Side view of the Maddux flamingo lamp. Maddux produced a number of flamingo designs, many being small figurines that are prized by collectors.|
|Back view. The light fixture is missing on this example.|
|The Maddux name absent from the lamp, it is marked simply, Made in USA #11 E-21855.|
|The flamingo featured prominently in the 1958 Maddux catalog, reproduced here with the kind permission of Bob Maddux.|
Here's a lamp that is prized not only by TV lamp collectors, but flamingo collectors as well. The popularity of the Lane & Co. flamingo is due to several factors, not the least of which is its visual impact. Its large size (14" tall) and silly subject-matter (by today's standards) make it an attention getter, an icon of 50's kitsch.
|A back view of the Lane Flamingos. This lamp is hard to find, especially in pristine condition. The birds wings and necks are susceptible to damage, so one must look closely for repairs before paying top dollar. It usually brings over $300, but can easily fetch twice that amount.|
|A look at the Lane marking on the base of the flamingo TV lamp, showing the 1957 copyright date. Photo courtesy of Woodland Trace Collectibles/Bill Keller, Knoxville, TN.|
Here is a rare variation of the Lane flamingo that's strictly a TV lamp...no planter. This one is dated 1961. Photos courtesy of Mike from Connecticut.
|This is the back view of the "planterless" Lane flamingo lamp!|