Historic Image Lovers – here’s your wheelhouse. Duck Head is searching for “vintage “throwback” photos with folks sporting Duck Head or even just the Duck Head look (khakis, Oxford shirt, loafers, etc.) around the time of the late 70s through the 80s.” If Duck Head uses your picture, YOU get to be an Ivy model (unless the photo is of somebody else, then they get to). You can email me them here and I will forward them on.
There are a few Ivy Legacy Brands – brands that have weathered the years since the Hey Day without moving into the mall next to Candy World. A few. Duck Head is one.
Best guess, this mural was first painted in the late 50’s. In Georgiana, Alabama, as an ad for W.H. Morgan & Sons. At the time, Morgan was the Duck Head retailer. The 2010 Census reported 738 people, 249 households, and 220 families residing in the town. I’ve not been, but I imagine that the town hasn’t exploded since.
Despite the population paucity, Georgiana is the birthplace of Hank Williams, Sr. HWS posted, in his lifetime, Michael Jackson chart numbers. 55 singles that reached Billboard’s Country/Western Top Ten chart, 12 of which were Number One.
And as the Ivy gods would have it, HWS was also the first Duck Head brand ambassador in 1949. In 1949 HWS had a very good year, also releasing I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.
In 1973, Elvis covered the song in Aloha From Hawaii. Elvis was never a Duck Head brand ambassador.
Georgiana also recently raised money for a town beautification project. Because of their connection with Duck Head, they spent some of this money on a restoration of this mural. It came out magnificently.