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Is this a TPI prototype Santa?

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Not a prototype.  That is the 41" TPI #4830 "Jolly Santa".  I don't know what year he was first made, he is shown in their 1991-1993 catalogs and is not marked as new in the 1991 catalog so he would also have been made prior to that year.

Mel

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Thanks so much for this and sorry for such a slow reply! I'm amazed by the knowledge on here. Was going to sell this guy but couldn't do it, he's now a part of the blowmold Christmas family here.

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Ive got one of these santa blowmolds. Similar or identical to the one way up north posted. 41" tall. 'Made in canada' molded into the bottom. 

The old guy i bought this from about 10 years ago stated that he had owned it 40 years. If his statement is accurate... then this santa would be vintage 1967 (?).

I checked the blow molded archives and found the TPI Jolly Santa #4830 which Mel refers to. My santa and way-up-norths santa are similar but not the same as TPI Jolly Santa 4830.

The blow-molded archive photo shows santa standing on snow.  These other santas stand with their boots on the ground...no snow. 

I would have to agree that my santa is probably TPI, and probably older than the 1993 example in blow molded....but how old?  

canada 41 in.jpg

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Very interesting, I missed the difference in the feet between yours and ours.  The TPI catalogs that we have do not show the Santa like yours but we only have them from 1991 through 2004.  Apparently they made him like yours before 1991.  I have a 1989 newspaper ad showing him with the feet like yours, the picture is a line drawing but I think if the one advertised had the mound of snow at his feet they would have shown it and also, the feet in the ad are together like yours while ours are at an angle to each other.  The three blow molds in the ad are TPI.

Mel

Orlando Sentinel (1989-11-26) (Scottys Ad) (1250).jpg

TPI Jolly Santa (Front) (#4830) (750).jpg

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Very interesting, I missed the difference in the feet between yours and ours.  The TPI catalogs that we have do not show the Santa like yours but we only have them from 1991 through 2004.  Apparently they made him like yours before 1991.  I have a 1989 newspaper ad showing him with the feet like yours, the picture is a line drawing but I think if the one advertised had the mound of snow at his feet they would have shown it and also, the feet in the ad are together like yours while ours are at an angle to each other.  The three blow molds in the ad are TPI.
Mel
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Wow! A Scotty’s ad. Now that’s cool. My grandfather worshipped that place lol. It ended up closing once Lowes and Home Depot came to town.


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I wonder if those might have been made from the same mold that was modified somewhere along the way to either add or remove the snow.

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