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Mel Fischer

An Unknown Jack-O-Lantern

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Here's an unknown maker lighted 10" Jack-o-Lantern from the early 1960's that we have had for a few months now.  The lighting setup is different from most all we have seen before.  The light cord comes in through a hole in the green stem on top, the stem is removable for changing the bulb if necessary.  Nothing was known about this one until today when I received a CD I purchased of scans of vintage Halloween catalog pages from 1919 to 1971.  This Jack-O-Lantern is shown on page 93 of the 1964 A. C. McClung & Company catalog.

 

Mel

 

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I found a bunch of vintage Christmas in someones trash, said free, and I found that stem. Can you take a picture of the underside of the stem?

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Where did you get the information that the pumpkin was made by Sun Hill?  To my knowledge Sun Hill did not even make any blow mold holiday decorations until at least 25 years after this one was made.

 

If you can show us any information showing that Sun Hill made this one I am sure everyone would be happy to see it so we could correct our information on it.

 

Mel

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I found a bunch of vintage Christmas in someones trash, said free, and I found that stem. Can you take a picture of the underside of the stem?

 

Here's a picture of the stem and the light setup.

 

Mel

 

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Yes, and it is the same size as ours, I asked the seller about it.  If it was a different size I would be bidding on it.  I just won one that size that the light is battery operated.

 

Mel

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Here is a quick picture of a smaller cousin to the unknown Jack-O-Lantern, I haven't had time to take a good picture of it yet.  It is 6 ½" tall and is battery lighted. Their green stems are identical with both of them having the hole in the base of the stem that the light cord goes through.  A 5" version of this Jack-O-Lantern is shown on page 90 of the 1962 Sally Distributors catalog.  They call it a "LITE-UP PUMPKIN".

 

Mel

 

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Here's a 10" one on eBay that is battery lighted, the listing says that it is not lighted but in exchanging messages with the seller we found that it does have the battery light setup.  At the moment it is at a good price even considering the shipping.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200955217489?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

Mel

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Ok, Today I was able to positively identify this one as being made by Tico Toys and I do think the other one was also made by them.

 

Mel

 

Here is a quick picture of a smaller cousin to the unknown Jack-O-Lantern, I haven't had time to take a good picture of it yet.  It is 6 ½" tall and is battery lighted. Their green stems are identical with both of them having the hole in the base of the stem that the light cord goes through.  A 5" version of this Jack-O-Lantern is shown on page 90 of the 1962 Sally Distributors catalog.  They call it a "LITE-UP PUMPKIN".

 

Mel

 

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The three battery operated Jack-O-Lanterns in this picture all have identical green stems and the battery/light bulb holders are also identical.  At this time I do think that all three were made by Tico Toys.  The one on the left is definitely a Tico Toys one.  The plastic bales are also identical other than their lengths.

 

Mel

 

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Yep the original maker was tico...they did it in several versions...one with the green stem...one with the green stem as battery holder for light, one cut out with handle and several size variations...Someone copied the mold again maybe 7-8 years ago because the Spirit Halloween stores had that same exact mold but sold it as candy pail with top cut out and plastic handle more in line with today's style candy pails..

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Almost forgot I actualy have one that still has the original Tico sales tag on the handle...was cool to see the price listed ...can't remember exact amount but it was pretty cheap...under 50 cents..I think..

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I have one like in message 16 and 19 on the way to me now that has the original Tico Toys tag on it, that is how I was able to confirm that one.  Which one do you have with the Tico tag, the same one or a different one?

 

Mel

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I believe its the version on the far right of the three pictured in post #20...but I'll have to double check..pretty sure it has the green stem and handle for sure since the tag is on the handle.

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I hope that is the one, that way we would have two different ones definitely confirmed as being made by Tico Toys.  The first one pictured in this thread is shown in the 1964 A. C. McClurg & Co. catalog.  On that page they have a "Fluorescent Light-Up Pumpkin Asst"  display with 4", 5" & 7" battery lighted pumpkins along with 6" and 10" Light-Up Pumpkins.  Shown also are the same  pumpkins along with a 16" one that are non-lighted.  I would think that they all are Tico's but I have no way of confirming that at this time  They only show the first one in this thread with an electrical cord.

 

Mel

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