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In 1955, a salesman named Abbot Pederson traveled to New York on a sales trip. Taking a wrong turn down a Manhattan street, he found himself outside a taxidermist’s shop. Deciding he needed a drinking buddy for his flight home, he bought a penguin and named him Pete. At some point during the flight, and after a cocktail or three, he accidentally knocked the head off Pete the Penguin.

A stewardess removed his necktie and wrapped it around the penguin’s neck. She joked that such a dapper bird deserved to be immortalized, maybe even on a shirt. With that idea - an icon was born.

Original Penguin

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