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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.
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Kevin Provost

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Here are our guidelines for submitting photographs to our website.

 

1.)  Make sure the lighting is adequate, we cannot emphasize this enough.  Be sure to set up in a well lit area and use your camera's flash.  Images need to be clear and well lit.

 

3.)  High resolution.  Your pictures do not need to be massive desktop-sized files, but they should be of reasonable size.  Eight-hundred pixels (Height) by x width would be minimum.  We usually work with raw images sized around a thousand pixels (height) by x width, which work very well.

 

2.)  Use a solid background that does not blend with any color around the edges of the item you're taking a picture of.  A darker background makes for a good backdrop.  Black is excellent, but if, for example, you are taking a photo of a Santa Claus with black boots this will not work.  A dark blue sheet is recommended, it being a color not found on many pieces.  This step is important, we need to be able to cut the item out of the backdrop easily in Photoshop and place it on ours.

 

3.) Information.  Any and all information on the item is needed when available.  

 

Stamped Information:

Item number  (If available)

Steel mold number  (If available)

Steel mold year  (If available)

Designer (as with Union Products' Don Featherstone designed pieces)

Item manufacturer  (If available)

 

Other Information:

Item height  (Required)

Item width  (Required only on items of length, such as a sleigh or train)

Item manufacturer  (If not stamped on piece, but is known)

Year introduced  (If known)

Year discontinued  (If known)

 

Barcode Stickers:

If your item still has the original barcode sticker, please give us the year listed on it.

 

4.)  Please include your full name with your submissions if you wish to be credited for your photos on Blow-Molded.

 

Although we do have a very good information resource archive, we still need your help.  There are many instances where we simply do not have any information for submissions that come in, or are limited on what we have.  We may have something come in that is in a catalog we have, but that does not provide things such as steel mold numbers and years that are stamped into the piece.

 

All photo submissions can be sent to [email protected]

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