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Yellow rubber ducks have become popular souvenirs and toys primarily due to their association with childhood and bath time. The origins of the yellow rubber duck as a bath toy can be traced back to the late 19th century. In the 1940s, a sculptor named Peter Ganine patented a design for a floating duck, which eventually became the iconic yellow rubber duck that we know today.

The rubber duck gained widespread popularity after it was featured on the television show “Sesame Street” in the 1970s. The show’s characters, Ernie and his rubber duckie, helped solidify the rubber duck’s status as a beloved childhood toy. As a result, yellow rubber ducks started appearing as souvenirs and decorations, symbolizing innocence, playfulness, and nostalgia.

Ernie sings to his rubber duck in the bath.

The cute and cheerful appearance of yellow rubber ducks, along with their connection to childhood memories, has made them a popular choice for souvenirs, especially in gift shops and toy stores around the world. They adapt yellow rubber ducks as souvenirs by adding a city-specific branding or attire, tying them to the local identity.

People often associate these ducks with positive emotions and happy moments, making them a favorite collectible item and gift for various occasions, and that is why you see these ducks when in many of the cities you visit. 

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At the Free Tour Shop we love souvenirs, we design our own and also try to uncover all the hidden stories behnid the souvenirs you love. 

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