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  • 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.
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Mel Fischer

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  1. Do you have any info on these?

    Well there are a lot of blow mold companies out there and I am sure there are several that are willing to negotiate. It isn't important who will make them other then for recording the history information for them, most people could care less about the history and who actually makes them. Mel
  2. I wonder

    I wonder who ended up with the Bel Air Plastics, Borse Plastics, Hamilton-Skotch and Lidco molds if anyone? Empire had a few of the Lidco molds but I have seen no indications that they had all of theirs. For that matter, what happened to the Irwin and NOMA molds, does anyone know? Mel
  3. I wonder

    Yes, Gen Foam does have a lot of the Santa's Best molds along with Beco, Poloron, Empire,and at least a few Dapol and Lidco molds and possibly even a few of the Bayshore molds if not all of those. I guess we have to wait until the auction after the first of the year to see if anyone buys the molds that Gen Foam has. Mel
  4. I wonder

    Brian, am I remembering correctly in thinking that you have one or two of the Irwin blow molds that you have posted pictures of here on PC in the past? Mel
  5. Do you have any info on these?

    Is Christmas Light Creations actually making them or are they contracting with Cado or someone else to make the blow molds for them? Mel
  6. Do you have any info on these?

    Those are the ones that Lowes is selling this year along with Mickey and Minnie. We bought some of all of those. Mel
  7. Silent site?

    The good ol' TOC I spent some time there many years ago and am still here, it wasn't anything to get upset about. I got much worse then that when I was a kid. Mel
  8. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    That's fine to wait for the garage sales and take pot luck at what might become available, in our area we don't see blow molds at garage sales and very rarely in thrift stores. After this year we probably won't see much of the blow molds in the stores either other then made in China ones. We never see any Cado blow molds in the stores here, to get those we have no choice other then to pay the higher prices and add the shipping. We won't see any Cado in the garage sales in the near future either because there are none sold around here for them to be available as used in the semi near future. Mel
  9. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    Was it a TPI Nativity or Grand Venture Nativity? The Cado 2017 catalog shows the Grand Venture Nativity. Mel
  10. Picked these up today. Any info?

    If the candle was made by Empire it would be their catalog #1503 NOEL Christmas Candle and was made in those colors from 1986 up until they closed their doors in 2000. If it was made by General Foam Plastics then it would be their #C5030 NOEL Candle and was made in those colors from 2001-2017. If the Santa was made by Empire it would be their catalog #1327 Dancing Santa and was made from 1978-1992. If it was made by General Foam Plastics then it would be their #C5770 Dancing Santa and was made in those colors (black mittens) from 2001-2007, from 2008-2017 it was made with red mittens. In my opinion you got them for a very good price. Mel
  11. Silent site?

    The ones you mention all moved to Facebook many years ago, from what I have been told there isn't much real blow mold discussion in them mostly the same nonsense that was going on here on PC just before they all left. The blow mold forum used to be a fun educational place to learn about the different blow molds and had a lot of enjoyable members, today there doesn't seem to be any interest in the blow molds other then where they can get them cheap. I don't know of anywhere on the internet today where people are actually interested in the history of who made the blow molds and when they were made anymore. If there is such a place I haven't been able to find it. There used to be a lot of discussion on them back in the "good old days". I have been a member here since 2002 or 2003 and I remember that at one point the blow mold forum was the most active forum on PC with more posts then any of the other forums, Planet Christmas along with Computer Christmas (I think that was the name) were pioneers in the computerized Christmas light displays and were on the cutting edge of that type of displays. In the early days of PC it was mostly a DIY hobby and there was no Light-O-Rama or other ready made control available. Mel
  12. Silent site?

    Donna, you are not alone there, I do not frequent facebook either, I occasionally check one Halloween page and one vintage Christmas page there but not often now. Mel
  13. Is this a TPI prototype Santa?

    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
  14. Value of TPI #4834 Santa with Teddy Bear?

    There is no set value on that one, it does show up occasionally but there is not enough information available on the selling history of it to set a value. At this time it is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. The picture on blow-molded.com is of the one in our collection we got both the Santa with Teddy and Giant Santa with Gift many years ago. Mel
  15. Questioning the age of this blow mold

    It's disappointing to see how faded the Empire candle in the picture is, I would like to find one in good condition without the fading at a reasonable price someday. I have newspaper ads from as early as 1968 showing that one. It sold for $2.96 that year. Mel
  16. Questioning the age of this blow mold

    The earliest Poloron Christmas blow molds that I know of are from 1963 and are shown in that years JC Penney Christmas catalog, there could possibly be some from before that year but I have found no evidence of that through all the years that I have been researching the history of the holiday blow molds. As for the Poloron drummer boy, the only confirmed year that we have on when he was made is 1974, the one with the green drum is shown in the Sears Christmas catalog from that year. We have no confirmed information on what year or years the one with the blue drum was made. The drummer boys are not shown in the Poloron 1969, 1970 or 1972 catalogs. The drummer boy pictures on blow-molded.com are of two of the Poloron ones in our collection. Mel
  17. New Way To Repair Holes In Molds?

    Ted, I did not know that, thank you for the information. Mel
  18. displaying my Union elves

    That is a great way to protect them and still have them on display. Mel
  19. My Rather Modest 2017 Display

    Nice display, I like the way you have the Nativity and snowmen up off the ground. Mel
  20. Do you have any info on these?

    You are right Allen if the Empire name is on it , it was made by Empire. Some of the left over inventory at Empire might have been sold by General Foam when they purchased Empire but it was made by Empire. General Foam modified the molds and took the Empire information off before they started making the molds. Basically MSL did the same thing with the Beco molds when they purchased Beco, they took the Beco name off but left the catalog number on the molds. That is why we see the molds both with and without the Beco name on it. To my knowledge MSL did not put their name or logo on the blow molds they produced from the Beco molds. General Foam did put their name on those molds when the purchased them in 1970. Mel
  21. Do you have any info on these?

    I usually put a bit of Goof Off on a rag rather then the blow mold to see if it will work first. Mel
  22. Do you have any info on these?

    They look great and you did the right thing about the damaged Santa. As for the glitter on the candles, you might try a little Goof-Off or something similar on them. Mel
  23. Howdy Doody w/ Santa

    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 Mel
  24. Do you have any info on these?

    I don't have the information on what year Dapol actually closed their doors but they filed for bankruptcy in April 1979 and their assets were auctioned off in January 1980. Mel
  25. Do you have any info on these?

    You are welcome Allen, good to see you active here again lately. Mel