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The Duck Key Logo and Yacht Club

 
LOGO DESIGN

The use of a duck and key symbols identified with the island began with the development of Duck Key by John Newkirk. The symbol can still be seen to this day in several stone signs located on Indies island at the US 1 entranceway, the Administration Building and at Truman Bridge. The original symbol utilized a duck amd key. It was used on promotional literature and even appeared on the doorknob handles of the Indies Inn guestrooms.

 

Several pictures of the Indies Inn doorknob with the logo were emailed to Duck Key Online by George Henry. He lived on Conch Key in 1960 when Hurricane Donna hit. His farher George Henry Sr. was a carpenter on the Indies Inn and installed these door knobs. George Henry's recollections of Hurricane Donna also appear on this website.

During renovations in the 80s the doorknobs were replaced with new hardware. Residents Toni and Sonny Appell collected a few of the discarded doorknobs.

 Another early souvenier from the Indies House which survived and collected by the Appell family was a deck of cards with the Indies logo. A image of the back of the early playing card is provided below:

 

Several other Indies House collectibles which have been obtained through the internet are represented below:

Several other Indies House collectibles which have been obtained through the internet are represented below:

 

Ashtray made for Indies House by Louis Baida Specialties Inc., Miami, Florida

 

Above image is of a hotel travel luggage/baggage tag from the Indies House Hotel, Duck Key, Florida. The tag measures 5 3/4 X 3 1/2 inches.The green portion of the tag illustrates the gateway to the island.

The popular present day logo design used by the Duck Key Property Owners' Association and represented on street signs of the residential islands was designed by the Brothers Bogusky in 1962. Bill Bogusky and his brother Al set up a Miami based art design shop, which they called "The Brothers Bogusky." They won numerous national and international awards, most notably an entry in the Annual Report Issue of Graphis.Their logo designs are represented in many anthologies.

The Duck Key logo design is represented "American Trademark Designs" by Barbara Baer Capitman.

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The design which utilizes a duck, a key and a representation of the historic entrance columns at the entrance to the island was adopted by the newly formed Yacht Club for its burgee in 1969. It was used for early street signs constructed by the Duck Key Property Owners' Association. It also appears on island organization literature, and on license plates in the front of resident cars.

 

 

YACHT CLUB

Also known as the Indies Inn Yacht Club because of its ties with Indies Inn, the private yacht club had over 50 founding members, many of whom were well known sportmen. A list of founding members of the Duck Key Yacht Club shows that its membership drew from many parts of the country. Three early island residents, Harry J. Kangieser, R. B. Partridge and Ann Miller, were among its founders. Both Kangieser and Partridge were also founders of the Duck Key Property Owners Association in 1974.

The Yacht Club used the Yacht Harbor also known as "Lake Lucille" as its yacht basin. The commercial marina and the continuation of the protective seawall close by Duck Key Drive had not been constructed at that time. The Yacht Club functioned for a while and was discontinued.

The design was also incorporated in souvenier license plates sold by the Indies Inn in the 1970's. Visible below is a picture of just such a license plate with logo and mention of the Indies Yacht Club. The plate was purchased by Ted Theodore, resident of Plantation Island on Duck Key during one of his frequent visits to the Indies Inn many years ago . It can be seen adorning the front bumper of the Theodore's car.

 STREET SIGNS

The popular island street signs which resident love and visitors notice were erected by members of the Duck Key Property Owners' Association in early 1980's. A committee cut, shaped, routed, painted and erected over 90 signs throughout the island. Member dues have helped maintain these signs throughout the years. Most recently DKPOA committee members, Louise and John Skidmore, undertook the laborious job of repairing, refurbishing and repainting dozens of street signs on Duck Key.

Thanks to the Skidmores and DKPOA volunteers, the signs have new hardware and paint. Broken posts and cross pieces have been replaced. An attractive bracket has been added to support the weight of the cross member and a finial has been added to the top of the post.

 

 

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