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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Little Drummer Boy
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    Canada
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    Blow Molds and Animatronics
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  1. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    Those are repros of similar blow molds but those are fiberglass, not molded rubber.
  2. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    I haven't seen any in person. They were probably sold almost exclusively to haunted house attractions (think Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Wildwood in New Jersey). I can't see any malls in the mid 60's putting this in their food court around October so they're probably more rare
  3. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    Not at all!
  4. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    Wow! I was not aware there were six in the set!
  5. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    Thanks Mel!
  6. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    Artistic Latex Form, not the alien from the 80's sitcom
  7. Vintage Municipal Blow Mold Decorations for sale

    Where are you located? I'm trying to get a shipping estimate.
  8. Municipal Light Pole Decoration

    Are they blow molds or have blow mold parts (eg. GP Ornaments)?
  9. Old Crystal Valley Catalogs

    Here are some photos from the 1954 Garrison Wagner Municipal Decoration Catalog. I have attached photos of the municipal blow molds in the catalog. I haven't included the noma blow molds sold to the general public that are also shown in this catalog. I have included all photos off the mucinipal blow molds in the catalog. The first is a blow molded latex Santa that is massive. The rest are lampost topper two sided plaques, and plaques fastened to a metal support box containing a lightbulb. Pardon the photo quality, it's the best i could get it.
  10. Needs A Restoration!

    Have fun! I personally don't restore any of my molds unless they are really bad, I like "rustoration" - purposely un-restored antiques. I like people to be able to tell my molds have age to them when they walk past instead of thinking I just bought them at Walmart.
  11. AA GF nativities?

    I know that TPI made both their deluxe and regular Nativity sets in AA editions, but I have seen photos of GF blow mold nativities in AA editions. This isn't in any catalogs however (but neither is their small Nativity). I have seen photos of AA versions of the traditional, small, and life size nativities but not the child one. I know that both the traditional and life size nativities have 2 colour editions. I have seen photos of AA versions of both color schemes. That would make 5 AA GF nativities in total. Can anyone confirm?
  12. 2017 Blow Mold Gifts!!!

    Don't forget the Cocoa Puffs
  13. 2017 Blow Mold Gifts!!!

    I believe the beco ones also say "beco - #988", and the GF ones just say "#988". GF bought all the beco molds and it probably would have been easier to just keep all the cereal numbers.
  14. 2017 Blow Mold Gifts!!!

    The plastic seems much too thick to me to be MSL. MSL plastic I've seen is less glossy and far more brittle. That looks thin yet durable, and very glossy which is still common with general foam molds to this day. Those deer are probably General Foam, but it is very hard to tell for sure.
  15. Anyone Identify?

    That is a noma candle from the mid 50's.
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