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St. Augustine, Florida: Bluebird of Happiness

A strange, deteriorated orange bird from the 1940s was painted blue and transformed into the bluebird of happiness, currently advertising Vilano Beach and posing with fun-loving tourists.

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Vilano Beach Bluebird.

Bluebird of Happiness

A beloved icon from the 1940s was restored to Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, Florida. Originally an orange bird promoting oranges, it was purchased by the wife of a motel owner, painted blue and transformed into the Bluebird of Happiness.

In 2008, the Main Street Group brought the 8-foot bird to a sandy lot in the Vilano Beach Town Center where it stands today, ready to pose for vacation photos.

[D. Moore, 08/24/2011]

In pre-makeover photos, the orange bird (of unhappiness?) was deformed and stood on a pair of stubby legs. Sorry we missed that!

Bluebird of Happiness

180 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL
Vilano Road, very near the Vilano Beach Public Pier, north side of street.
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