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Flamingos by Turner/Toran, mint condition authentic vintage lithograph printed in the 1940s

Flamingos by Turner/Toran, mint condition authentic vintage lithograph printed in the 1940s

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"Turner's" Flamingos by artist A.T. Toran, Offset Lithograph produced in the 1940s by Turner Decorative Accessories - 22" tall by 28" wide.

Included with each purchase of Turner’s Flamingos:
Lithograph Care Sheet
Letter of Authenticity from Turner Manufacturing Company, 1981
Story of Depression Era Artists by C. Terone
The Turner Story, Part I: The Company
The Turner Story, Part II: The Artist

When you think of vintage pink flamingos, this is the original artwork that comes to mind. In 1980, my parents purchased the remainder of this subject from Turner Manufacturing Company as they were shutting down operations. As such, we are the only source of these authentic, vintage mint condition prints. Stock is limited, and once it is gone—it is gone. Modern reproductions would be only that: modern reproductions. This is "new vintage" stock—stock that has never been displayed, framed, or used in any way. The paper is "stippled" and is a true collector's item. This incredibly rare, limited stock is solely owned and distributed by Pink Flamingos, LLC.

Curious to learn more about this iconic print? My parents spent years tracking down the artist and developed a friendship with his widow. Years of correspondence pieced together the puzzle on who the person was behind this beautiful piece of art. This is little-known history that I believe has never been published before, but I've put together a two-part blog series on the history of this historical print:

(From The Turner Story, Part II: The Artist)

Turner was not the artist.

Since the mid-seventies, there has been a growing appreciation and demand for the extraordinary series of tropical bird pictures, which consisted of various groupings of flamingos, egrets, cockatoos and swans, first popular in the 1940’s. The series was published by one of the world’s largest decorative wall accessories manufacturers: Turner Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illinois.

During the Depression and years following, both art students and established artists were hired by publishing companies to create original art and subsequent adaptations to complement current furniture styles. Subtle sensuous and erotic nuances exuded from Deco period florals, native scenes, panthers and tropical bird subjects.

The name of the artist, whose tropical bird series became the biggest seller in the history of decorative wall accessories, was A. T. Toran. Born in Naples, Italy, on May 17, 1896, Mr. Toran was a painter most famous for his mural work in hotels DelmonacoPierreNew YorkerWaldorf Astoria of New York, and the Chrysler Building and Massanutten Military Academy. He was a member of Hollywood Arts and Crafts Guild and Director of Creative Studios of Art and Decoration of New York. Mr. Toran met a tragic death in an automobile accident in 1965.

Turner Manufacturing Company also encountered an unhappy ending. After more than eighty successful years of business, the company was purchased by an international conglomerate in the early seventies, then suddenly closed March, 1980, with 350 loyal and skilled employees put out of work.

Pink Flamingos, Inc., of Sacramento, California, was fortunate in the acquisition of the Turner tropical bird series originals (8” x 10” oil on plywood) by A. T. Toran. Also purchased from Turner’s Chicago Vault were 60 other originals from the 1930’s and 1940’s, some never before published, yet with the unmistakable sensuous and erotic style of the highly collectible 40’s art.

Flamingos is the only surviving lithograph from the tropical bird series first produced by Turner Manufacturing Company in the 1940’s that had been kept by Turner. Around 1980, after years of searching, Pink Flamingos, Inc., found and purchased the last of a limited number of Flamingos from Turner’s Chicago Vault, where they had been carefully stored in brown paper for 30 years. Sources at Turner Manufacturing Company reported that most all other 40’s art had been purposely destroyed in the mid-seventies to make room for current, modern inventory.

Learn more about Turner Manufacturing in The Turner Story, Part I: The Company

Each print comes with a copy of the letter of authenticity from Turner Decorative Accessories, a copy of a story about Depression Era Artists by another Turner artist, and a copy of my two-part blog on the subject.

Pink Flamingos, LLC, owns the original reproduction rights to this subject, and as such any reproductions are prohibited without our express consent.

 

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Just like the majority of our inventory at Pink Flamingos, this listing is vintage and has never been displayed or used. It's from limited, unopened stock sourced directly from the original manufacturer or distributer. As a result, its colors are more vibrant than those typically found in similarly aged prints, leading us to classify it as "new." Curious about new vintage? Read all about it in my blog: https://www.pinkflamingos.shop/blogs/news/vintage-vs-new-vintage-whats-the-difference

Please note that this listing is for an unframed authentic, genuine old print published in the early-to-mid 20th century using quality paper and inks. It reflects the colors and styles popular in decorative accessories of that era. The patina resulting from any minor discoloration or fading is indicative of its age and contributes to its uniqueness. In order to ensure your purchase lasts a lifetime, please follow this link for care tips.

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Nelson

This is my favorite print . I love it.. is beautiful and I recommend to everyone to get one... Thank you

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Darla Sinnard
Beautiful Vintage Print

I love the print I ordered! It arrived promptly, in perfect condition!

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Constance Wickens
Vibrant pinks

I am beyond pleased with the Flamingo print that I received from you. I already have this print, but the pinks and reds have were faded. When I got a smaller print with just 2 birds I could see how much color was lost. I'm so excited to have this "new" print to put in the original mirrored frame. Thank you so much.
Constance Wickens

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Shannon Doyle

Item perfect, arrived super fast! Seller included specific information on how to care for my item and some very interesting facts. A+ seller would recommend

What is "New Vintage"?

"New vintage" refers to original, vintage artwork from the early 20th century that has never been purchased, used, or displayed by a consumer. At Pink Flamingos, we offer a remarkable collection of these pristine prints, sourced directly from manufacturers. Unlike other vintage artwork that may have faded or aged over time, our "new vintage" prints retain their vibrant colors and impeccable condition. With their untouched allure, these artworks carry a unique historical value and provide collectors with an opportunity to own a piece of art history that is both rare and exceptionally well-preserved.

Read all about it in my blog: https://www.pinkflamingos.shop/blogs/news/vintage-vs-new-vintage-whats-the-difference