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Guest Mr. Griswold

Mold Craft Heller Choir Kids

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I wanted to share some photos of my Heller/Mold Craft Choir kid for those who are interested. I will be recieving more choir kids soon as they are in transit to my home, but here is my favorite of the group that arrived today. His neck is labeled Heller Ind. Inc. Port Washington 700-9. The base of his body says Port Washington and is dated 1958. If anyone has any questions regarding info on him feel free to ask and I can try and get you that info. Here are some photos I took for those who enjoy a good choir.

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Thanks guys! Hoyt I have loved this kids haircut from the second I have seen him. The others should be here in a week or two and I will also add them to the thread. A friend has been shrinking down there collection so I have been fortunate enough to get them.

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Thanks Thomas! These are so nice I am so happy I could finally get them into the collection

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Thanks CN! I am really happy to add him to the collection. His sister is on his way so she will get to be added to this thread soon enough.

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Guest A.F.NUT

Nice addition. Can you say jealous........that's me.

What he said!!!! So glad you got him. I know how much you like the older pieces. I would love to track down some of these, in time I guess, but for now will drool over yours!

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Congratulations Cory!!!! I see she finally decided to sell them, they could not be going to a better home.

FYI, they must have been made sometime between 1961 and December 1965. We know that Mold-Craft was still in business in 1961 and that Heller Industries bought Mold-Craft sometime in the early 1960s. When the Mold-Craft property was sold in a sheriff's auction on October 11, 1964 it was occupied by Heller Industries. I have newspaper articles stating that on January 30, 1966 the buliding occupied by Heller Industries burned to the ground for a total loss. In April 1966 Heller relocated in Adell, WI with all new equiptment. I have found almost nothing about Heller after that other then they were bought out and became Dutchland Plastics of Oostburg, WI in 1967.

Now then, that is your Heller Industries history trivia lesson for today.... :wacko:

Mel

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OMG, Cory, he is WONDERFUL! I can't wait to see his sister. Congrats on getting them in your collection. Add me to the list of those who are QUITE jealous! Thank you for sharing.

And thank you, Mel, for the always interesting trivia lesson!

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