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hoyt clagwell

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About hoyt clagwell

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  • Birthday 11/11/1961

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    Glenview, Illinois, USA
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  • Interests
    My work and my family; music; reading; holiday displays.
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  • About my display
    I like plastic. Mostly blowmolds, but plastic. Maybe it was that darned polymer chemistry class I took back in undergrad....
  1. Poloron Fiber optic blowmold snowman

    If you still have a Radio Shack near you they would be perfect to help you find a replacement power supply.
  2. GFP c7 bulb lighting outfit

    Nice work and thanks for sharing, Comet. I bought a dozen of these and only tested 3 of them before tonight. Two of the first three lit up fine, the third needed a little jiggling of the batteries. Well, tonight five of the next six didn't light up at all. I wasn't completely happy with the dimness of the LED kits, but I thought I'd try them for this season, but now I see I will need to modify them to 110V lights. Sigh, more work for hoyt.
  3. Looking For Vintage Municipal Ornament $300 Tinsel

    A search for "General Plastics" wasn't very helpful; I was hoping to find a pic of "my" lanterns' twins for comparison. Thanks for trying to help identify them! Whoever made them, I love 'em! The photo doesn't show them, but each lantern is topped with a length of hard wire garland; not sure if they came that way or if they were modified by the original owner.
  4. Looking For Vintage Municipal Ornament $300 Tinsel

    Sure, I reckon. There are bells on the outside; the four I am referring to are between the bells.
  5. Looking For Vintage Municipal Ornament $300 Tinsel

    Sorry, I don't even know the manufacturer! I looked for pics recently and posted a wide-angle night shot that shows them at a distance and at night in another thread. I'll find one eventually; I'm in no hurry.
  6. Looking For Vintage Municipal Ornament $300 Tinsel

    What he said! I have watched this thread with interest because those old municipal decorations are really cool. I have 5 of a different style and am looking for a sixth. If nobody is talking it's because we don't have much to say.
  7. Craigs List and Ebay

    Postings on the Chicago craigslist expire in 7 days and are automatically deleted. Also, sometimes the seller deletes them earlier if items are sold.
  8. Craigs List and Ebay

    Carolers, candles and Santa in ST. Charles, IL Snowmen and candy canes, Downer's Grove, IL Pricey in Lincolnwood, IL
  9. Craigs List and Ebay

    http://www.estatesales.net/estate-sales/150774.aspx Small Mickey and Minnie at auction in Joliet, IL.
  10. Craigs List and Ebay

    I've never seen that snowman with a blue "coat" before; may I assume he has been repainted?
  11. Craigs List and Ebay

    http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/for/2084288896.html Mokena, IL http://nashville.craigslist.org/for/2085252439.html Franklin, TN http://nashville.craigslist.org/for/2085610464.html Portland, TN
  12. Have 60" Poloron mechanical snowman, but need the motor!

    I personally would pay more for a working motorized snowman or Santa than one without a motor, even if it were modified with an Evinrude outboard motor hooked up with twine and twist-ties.
  13. Happy Birthday Hoyt! Hope your day was Great!!!

  14. Becco Candles

    "Beco". That's what she said.
  15. The Blowmold Thread

    I love the snowman fountain.