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Howdy Doody w/ Santa

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Hi there. This is my first post. I’m a long-time reader of the site.

I recently purchased this sign that has Howdy Doody and Santa Claus on it. I believe it’s considered a blow mold - though not a traditional yard decoration.

Anyways, it lights with a small bulb in the back. However, the plastic is very brittle and has started cracking at the two bottom corners.

I have two questions. First, has anyone repaired this, or something similar, with any kind of liquid plastic stuff? Secondly, has anyone ever remounted a sign like this so there’s better coverage (using maybe 4 bulbs instead of one)?

Thanks, in advance!


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Welcome, that is a great piece you have there.  Is there cardboard on the back and any markings about who made it?  Usually when I see very old pieces like this they are cracking or very brittle because of age.  I never heard of anyone trying to repair one of these.  The folks here are great and I'm sure someone will be able to answer your questions. :) 

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That is the Royalites #904 Santa meets Howdy Doody at the chimney and is shown in their 1953 catalog.  They are what we refer to as flatbacks with cardboard backs.  They made two different Santa Howdy Doody plaques the other one was #905


Santa w Howdy Doody (Cardboard Back) (Front).jpg

Santa w Howdy Doody (Cardboard Back) (Back).jpg

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Yep... the back shows 904.  I want to do this thing justice and display it in a game room... eventually.  I'm just curious about repairing the cracked corners and possibly remounting it with more lights to display a brighter overall image.  Does anyone have any experience with this?

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Welcome and enjoy! I might try clear Silicone caulking or rubber cement myself. Use some masking tape over the front of the crack to create a seal and remove it afterward. I just thought that up, there could a different, easier alternative, or something more difficult and longer-lasting. Or easier, and longer-lasting :D. Not sure, and it would totally be an experiment. You could definitely add, or change out the lightcord. Probably be a good idea to modernize the cord anyway given the age.

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