Product Description For Peabody Hotels Ducks Postcard New:
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The Peabody Hotels Memphis * Orlando
Vintage Collectible Color Postcard Unused New.
Trademark The Peabody.
About 5.75 x 4.25 inches.
Front of card shows 2 ducks wearing white collars with black bow ties and says: “The Peabody Memphis*Orlando.” Back of card says: “The Peabody Memphis – The South’s Grand Hotel has been home to the world-famous Peabody Ducks for more than half a century. The Peabody Orlando – The tradition continues in grand style at Central Florida’s signature hotel.” The bottom has the name, address and phone number for each Peabody hotel.
Background Info For The Peabody Ducks:
How did the tradition of the ducks in The Peabody fountain begin?
Back in the 1930s Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody Memphis, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Jack Daniel’s Tennessee sippin’ whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys in the beautiful Peabody fountain.
The two men selected three small English call ducks as “guinea pigs,” and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Soon, five North American Mallard ducks would replace the original ducks.
In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day. He taught them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became the Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity for 50 years until his retirement in 1991.
The original ducks have long since gone. Nonetheless, after over 80 years, the ducks still grace the marble fountain in the Memphis hotel lobby. The Peabody Ducks march at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
Background Info For The Peabody Ducks Of Orlando:
The Peabody Ducks of Orlando and the Peabody Duck March 1986-2013. The tradition began when the hotel opened on November 1, 1986. It came to an end when the hotel became a Hyatt Regency on October 1, 2013.
Since opening its doors on November 1, 1986, The Peabody Orlando has continued, in unbroken sequence, the traditional March of The Peabody Ducks which began at its sister property, The Peabody Memphis, many, many years ago.
Each morning, promptly at 11 a.m., the hotel’s atrium lobby was the scene of a remarkable ritual. In a special elevator, the five North American mallard ducks, four hens and one drake, comprising The Peabody Ducks, descend from their $100,000 penthouse Royal Duck Palace.
When the elevator doors opened, The Peabody Ducks, accompanied by their crimson-and-gold- braid-jacketed Duck Master™, took up their positions on a plush red carpet and begin The March of The Peabody Orlando Ducks to the strident tones of John Philip Sousa’s King Cotton March.
They waddled their way in formation through the hotel’s marble halls, and when they reach the magnificent, orchid-crowned fountain, which takes center stage in the Atrium Lobby, the ducks mount three red-carpeted steps and splash into the fountain’s waters. Tumultuous applause reverberated through the lofty, foliage-draped lobby, and standing ovations were the order of the day by the hundreds of onlookers who daily crowded into the hotel to see one of the greatest shows on earth.
At 5 p.m., the procession was reversed, The Peabody Orlando Ducks marching back to their special elevator, then to their Royal Duck Palace for dinner and a quiet evening together.
Disclaimers for this Peabody Hotels Ducks Postcard listing:
Firstly, we enlarged photos to show details.
Next, color of item you receive may differ somewhat from that shown as dye lots vary.
May have minor shelf wear such as creases, folds, bends, curvature, rips, tears, smudges, marks, and discoloration. Slight edge wear due to age.
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