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Deeny Dine

Artistic Latex Foam Baby

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This Artistic Latex Foam baby became part of my collection this week.

I was wondering if anyone has a picture of a Artistic Holy Family. There is

a picture of a different baby Jesus on Blowmolded.com.

If anyone has any information I would appreciate it. The markings on the back

do not give a date.

For now this baby will be matched with my Mold-Craft Mary, Joseph and Angel, and join

my Artistic Carolers.

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I love it! He has such life it looks amazing. I think he will make a nice addition to the Mold Craft Nativity along with the angel you have. It would be great if anyone had some knowledge on this particular set. Mabye Bill would have some info he has been very helpful lately with my finds and research.

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The angel and the baby look very much, very simular coloring, like they could be a set even though

one is Mold-Craft and one is Artistic. I didnt notice it until I had them close together,

however I would really like to see the a photograph of a real Artistic Nativity.

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The angel and the baby look very much, very simular coloring, like they could be a set even though one is Mold-Craft and one is Artistic. I didnt notice it until I had them close together, however I would really like to see the a photograph of a real Artistic Nativity.

Yeah, you just had to post the angel picture again so that I could once again turn green with envy....

Mel

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