Jump to content
News Ticker
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.

The Blow Mold Expert

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by The Blow Mold Expert

  1. Heller Industries choir?

    The choir children are ALF, the organ and organ player are Silvestri
  2. New member our scene for 2017

    Do you have any info on the blow mold Humpty Dumpty in the second pic?
  3. Christmas Vacation

    Santa was blow mold. The deer were paper mache. And now I have the star spangled banner stuck in my head - specifically Aunt Bethany's rendition
  4. Christmas Vacation

    The sleigh is an empire sleigh that the prop department painted brown. The exact deer in the movie aren't blow mold, they were paper mache so they would break easily when Clark kicks them.
  5. Pink Gingerbread Tree

    Yes it does. Union used a number system for new color variations where they would add a number in the last digit of the existing number corresponding with the chronological order of that edition. For example, the Union patriotic santa is number 75185, whereas the normal ones I've rthe years are 75180. I don't know why but the numbers appear to start at 5 in most cases. And then there's the union snowmen that seem to have random catalog numbers. So I'm not quite sure. But to answer your question, yes it is something union did at one point.
  6. Early Municipal Reindeer

    Here is a photo captioned "Main Street Christmas Display, Bel Air Maryland, 1961". I am posting it her because I am wondering about the deer in the photo. Are they molded latex/early blow mold or fiberglass? They don't appear to be the ALF, 1958 Mold Craft, Heller, or D*ck Wiken Mold Craft deer. The set doesn't appear to have a Santa and has a wooden sleigh. Anyone seen this before?
  7. Early Municipal Reindeer

    That was my first thought too but then I noticed the reigns. Good job noticing that they were a custom paint job rather than molded. Thanks for the help Mel.
  8. Pink Gingerbread Tree

    Agreed, other than the commonly missing bow the very lightest tan ones are the only way to know if one is the early 2000's rare Farley one made after Union stopped producing them. I am fortune to own a pair in great condition with original Farley stickers on both the molds and cords.
  9. Mechanical waving santa sleigh blow mold help

    Definitely a good deal. His paint is almost pristine. I wouldn't go to the trouble of stripping and re painting the entire thing if I were you for the lack of damage it has.
  10. Do you have any info on these two?

    Neither are super rare. You'll see both listed for as high as 150 on eBay but both are probably worth about 75 ish each realistically.
  11. Roof top display

    I have a 10 ft long 2x4 (see image 1). Attached to that are four 4' hight 2x4s (See image 2). Attach legs to the side of the 10 ft board that will be facing out. Cut the bottom of the legs to the same angle as your roof (see image 3). Tie red ribbon around the deers waists at the same point as the painted in one, matching it up. Do not cut the excess ribbon. Use it for the deer beside it. The 4'. Board will separate them. Leaving 4" between them. You should now have pairs of deer tied together with 6" of ribbon between two. Drape the 6" excess on the top of the board. Screw the ribbon to the board. It must be very strong, Quailiy ribbon (See image 4). Now you have your deer team. Drill a hole in your brick and install a heavy duty metal caribener. Tie thick rope around the base of the 4' boards and attach it to the caribener. This is just a fail-safe. The sheer weight should Keep the deer on the roof. If you want to install a Rudolph, attach a board at the end if the 10' one going upward at a 45 degree angle. (See image 5) After putting the ribbon on Rudy, cut off the excess so he has a ribbon around his waist. Tie that to the board on the angle (see image 6). For Santa, take off the runners and find the two small holes that are on either side of the large hole. THESE ARE NOT THE HOLES THE RUNNERS SCREW IN TO. They are different ones. Attach 2x4s to these holes. Put another board along the bottom of this one creating an upside down "T". Re attached the runners. On either side of these "T"s screw two more boards that run directly under the runners. Attach the same legs as the ones that you did on the deer team (See image 7). Fill Santa with sand bags. Attach ropes from the T boards to a second caribener. Attached reins for decoration from Santa's hand, looped through the ribbons around d the deer's waists (see image 8). A little complicated and hard to explain. I can't do close ups until spring. Pm me with questions.
  12. Roof top display

    I did an entire post on it last year I'll try and find it and post the link here.
  13. Commercial Mechanical Display Companies?

    I've also heard of Barrango. Sorry firgot to mention it.
  14. Does anyone have like a good idea of how many Motorized Display Companies there were back in the day? I know there was Creegan's, RKI, Holiday Winterland, Lou Nasti, Silvestri, Puppi Style, Champion Studios, Hamberger, Spaeth and Harold Gale. Anyone think of any others? Toronto's Christmas windows are being revealed soon, so I was just thinking about it.
  15. Anyone know this blow mold?

    Pretty sure it's TPI. Pre-1988 TPI didn't date their molds or add a manufacturer, they just printed the made in Canada. There were other Canadian companies like alderbrook Industires and IPL but IPL left their molds blank and Alderbrook Had Empire Stamps. That basically leaves TPI as the most likely manufacturer. The artwork looks very similar to TPI molds from that era.
  16. Pink Gingerbread Tree

    I may have been getting it confused with the blue gingerbread snowman listed in there. The blue is actually a blue bulb, the actual blow mold is pure white.
  17. Pink Gingerbread Tree

    Those are in fact pink. They are listed in I believe one UP catalog.
  18. Blowmolds

    Trust me my friend, it boggles my mind the most as a collector . I understand the price tag in things like municipal blow molds not sold to the general public from the 50's, but then you have things like the mass produced early 2000's Mickey mouse, who can fetch up to 100 bucks in good shape on eBay. It's ridiculous.
  19. Blowmolds

    First of all it was typo shoulda said 300 Second of all, yes Big J is correct Blow Molds good for ridiculous prices to non collectors on eBay who don't know the exact same one may be 100 bucks cheaper at the antique store down the road.
  20. Blowmolds

    Let's start off with the sleigh in the last photo. That is the Animated edition of that sleigh. It was made by Empire Plastics in 1986. That sleigh is probably worth about 600 in working order with Runners, not working without runners about 450 is the best you'd be able to get unless someone was willing to pay more. The deer for both sleighs are the same and are very common and without the antlers are probably only worth about 60 bucks each. The sleigh with the runners still on it is the non-animated version, and is again very common. Judging by the paint job, it looks to be the 1986 Empire version (General Foam made a version much later in the 2000's). With the runners in that condition it's worth about 100 bucks. The lollipop is probably worth about 30 bucks, the candy cane about 20 bucks and the North Pole sign about 40. They are all fairly common and we're produced by Union Products in the 80's. The Santa in the same photo was made by Empire in the 90's and is worth about 110 bucks. The donkey is probably worth 80 and the ox with the missing antler probably about 60. The sheep (both) are either made by Empire or General Foam. They should have a manufacturer on them somewhere. The larger sheep should be worth about 90 dollars if Empire and 40 if General Foam. The Smaller sheep is worth about 70 if Empire or 35 if General Foam. The large Natity is either general foam or empire as well. About 90 a piece if Empire or 40 a piece if General Foam. The angel with the trumpet is fairly common and only worth about 50 bucks. The large angel is worth about 100 bucks and the Shepherd with lambs is worth about 80. The large walking deer is either made by general foam or empire. It's worth 90 if General Foam, 120 if Santa's Best. Hope this helps, all evaluations are rough estimates based on Craigslist/eBay/Kijiji/auction/antique store prices.
  21. Zellers Christmas village

    From the 1980's to mid 90's Zellers Canada sold a Christmas village under the name "Santa's trimmings" (something like that.) Looking to complete the collection but don't know how many were made. Looking for old catalogs.
  22. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    Anyone have a manufacturer on these? I know that Wiken made two sizes of caroler for mold craft, a small set on his own, and that mold craft had two more sizes after he left. I also know ALF made two caroler sizes large size and life size carolers. In the early 50's they had a set of short choir children. I know when a company produced one size at any time a second size usually accompanied it. The early ALF set has no "large size" accompaniment that I know of. Are these that "lost" set? These choir children are molded rubber and no illumimated at all. The choir boy has a 5' tall organ of the same material he sits at and the girl has a male counterpart almost identical except for the head. They look ALF but have no markings, and ALF, or any company at the time for that matter, usually marked their molds. Any ideas?
  23. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    Those are repros of similar blow molds but those are fiberglass, not molded rubber.
  24. 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
  25. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    Not at all!