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Duck statues on Milwaukee River get dressed up

CREATED May 9, 2013

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  • Photo: Tiffany Lange Image by Tiffany Lange

  • Photo: Tiffany Lange Image by Tiffany Lange

  • Book by author Nicholas Georgiady who died recently. This was a popular children's book by him. For obit story.

  • A statue of Gertie the Duck on the Wisconsin Ave. Bridge brings back memories of 1945. She became famous when she chose to lay her eggs and hatch her chicks on a river piling only feet from the bridge crossed by thousands of vehicles and pedestrians. Image by Michael Sears

  • Gertie the duck is near a canada goose that has taken up residence on near the Wisconsin Ave. Bridge on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The goose is near to the statues dedicated to Gertie the duck who made international news when she built her nest next to the same bridge in 1945 and captured the attention of Milwaukee at the end of the war. A statue commemorating "Gertie the Duck" sits on the other side of the bridge. The goose has several eggs she is sitting on. Ê Photo by Mike De Sisti / MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Mike De Sisti

  • w_goosenest kwg nws 3--A seagull stands near a memorial of "Gertie the Duck" on the Wisconsin Ave. bridge, Friday, April 19, 2013. Gertie was a mallard that captivated the city in 1945 when she nested under the bridge and hatched her ducklings. A goose is now sitting on several eggs that she laid in a flower bed atop the bridge, near the same area that Gertie had her nest. PHOTO: KRISTYNA WENTZ-GRAFF/ KWENTZ@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

MILWAUKEE - Someone has decided to dress up Milwaukee's duck statues downtown, and a TODAY'S TMJ4 viewer caught it on camera!

Tiffany Lange took the photos (which you can see above) of some of the statues of Gertie, Black Bill, Dee Dee, Freddie, Millie, Pee Wee, and Rosie the Ducks wearing bonnets.

You can find those statues along the Milwaukee River by the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge.

In the shadow of war, Gertie's story went the World War II version of "viral" and offered a story of hope to the nation and world.

During World War II, Gertie settled along the river's banks and nested.  Out hatched her six children.

People regularly gathered along their banks during their lunch hour to see Gertie's progress, and many within and far beyond Milwaukee rejoiced when the eggs hatched.

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