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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • 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.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • 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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
Mel Fischer

Blow-Molded.com

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Occasionally Kev or I receive emails telling us that they have looked for particular blow molds on blow-mold.com and can not find them there.  That is usually true, the website is a long way yet from showing all blow molds made, and probably never will have them all.  At this time there are 1166 pictures on the site and I am sure there were hundreds more made and possibly at least over 1000 more that are not there yet.  My wife and I still have a few hundred in our collection that I have not taken pictures of yet and others have recently been checking their collections and sending pictures to Kev for uploading to the website, as can be seen in the recent updates that Kev has done.  A large portion of the ones that are not on the site yet are common fairly recent ones and there are a lot of older ones also.

 

Out of curiosity, a couple of nights ago I went through the 2004 Union Products catalog to see what they had that year that were not on Blow-Molded.com.  UP used the same catalog for 2005, so the list I came up with would include that year also.  I was surprised to find that with all the UP pictures on the website, there were 73 blow molds in the 2004 catalog that are not represented on the site.

 

I am sure that I would have similar results with the more recent GF catalogs and I wonder what the results with the rest of the catalogs would be?

 

Mel

 

 

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That's an interesting little study Mel, possibly that would be a good side project for you to do.  You can see how many per catalog are not on B-M.  I expect you would end up with a good sized total at the end.

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I have a few photos I can send in in the next couple of days (I fixed the potential issue ;) ). I have more (mostly General Foam stuff, but a mix for sure) that just aren't convenient to haul home right now.

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The couple of molds that I have that aren't on blow-molded.com are unfortunately inaccessible till Christmas.  If they are not on the website when I start bringing them down from my attic in November, I will forward pictures then.

Thanks, guys, for all of your hard work!  And that is an interesting study, Mel!  It's amazing just how many blow molds there are!

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