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  • 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.
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Mel Fischer

Sun Hill Industries

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Gary, thanks for the reply. When you have time it would be appreciated if you could measure how tall he is, see if he has any numbers or other information molded into him and also post a picture of him. I am really interested in seeing what his eyes look like also. Do you remember if the hat is black with a green bill like this one?

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Mel

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As you can see, mine is a little faded but the eyes still maintain their color.

There are no markings on it at all.

It is 33 1/2 inches tall.

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I actually just got two of these in a lot I bought on eBay, but they were not in the first round that I picked up. I will be getting them on Tuesday and I will see if there is anything on them.

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As you can see, mine is a little faded but the eyes still maintain their color. There are no markings on it at all. It is 33 1/2 inches tall.
Thank you for the pictures and information. Could you please post a picture of the back so I could see where the lighting is attached? We have some of those and do not know if they are all TPI or possibly a Sun Hill or two in them. Two of them have the light attached to the back somewhat between the shoulders like the green hat ones, while one of them has the light attached below the waist near the bottom of the jacket.

Mel

EDIT: I went out and got the drummer boys out to take a picture of the differences in the backs of them and while looking them over see that the one with the lower hole for the light has a C7 light socket with a 15 watt bulb in it. Also by looking closely at the two with the holes between the shoulders and the two with the green hats I see that there is a faint outline of where the lower hole originally was and the light in those have an Edison base light socket, so apparently TPI modified the mold when changing to the larger size light socket.

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Hello there Comet my friend, GF makes a drummer boy that I think is 34 1/2" tall, while these are shorter at 33". He is marked as "New" in the GF 2002 price list. Could you do me a favor and measure how tall one of yours is to see if I am correct about it being 34 1/2" tall? Also, could you look at the front of the hat and see if there is any evidence at all of it possibly formerly having the Poloron/Empire holly leaves and berries and being modified to remove them? As you know, GF bought the Empire steel molds in 2000 and I am thinking that they are using a modified Empire mold to make their drummer boy, I could possibly be wrong about that though.

I have not gotten around to getting the GF drummer boy for our collection yet, so I can not do the checking myself.

Mel

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