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Toughened PVC duck, 1990s.

Toughened PVC duck, 1990s.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Traditional 'rubber ducks' for bathtime use are actually made from toughened PVC (polyvinyl chloride, a thermoplastic), using blow-moulding techniques to form a hollow shape that floats on water. They are traditionally yellow, but this particular model is red.

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