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Allen L.

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When I was young the mall in our town hung those from the ceiling- different color combination though (blue & green) Those were the good old days.

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When I was young the mall in our town hung those from the ceiling- different color combination though (blue & green) Those were the good old days.

I remember the blue and green ones too.  They were awesome.  I feel, and I'm sure you do too, blessed that our generation got to see the last of the truly great Christmas decorations.  Many kids today don't know what they are missing, because many mall and town decorations are very blah looking.  In my opinion, most modern Commercial Christmas decorations I see lack the magical and whimsical look, that the older ones had.  A good way to put it is that the public decorations today look to sterilized and snooty.  To me Christmas decorations should be fun and merry looking not some lah-de-da décor from the Ritz Carlton Hotel. :lol:

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The shipping is alittle high. I think they made three different ones in that shape, the one above, the green and blue, and then one that look like stained glass, which I have a couple of those.

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I too thought of bidding on the bell.  Until I saw what the shipping was.  They want over $160 to ship it to me.  And yes, they came in the three colors shane mentioned.  Here is some photos to help with the memories: 

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I too thought of bidding on the bell.  Until I saw what the shipping was.  They want over $160 to ship it to me.  And yes, they came in the three colors shane mentioned.  Here is some photos to help with the memories: 

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there was another one that was like a goldish color I'll see if I have a pic

I was mistaken. I was looking at the one in the bottom right that's on the scroll in the picture but if you zoom I guess it's the red and orange one. 

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i have the green/blue ( that's my bell pictured above) the orange/ red, several solid reds and looking for the Stained Glass...

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i have the green/blue ( that's my bell pictured above) the orange/ red, several solid reds and looking for the Stained Glass...

I've noticed that the stained glass ones are very hard to find.  I've seen the other styles over the last 10 years, but not any of the stained glass ones.  I'll keep a look out and let you know, if I find one for sale.  Wish you lots of luck, Sam. :)

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Yes Sam, that is your bell.  It is the photo you sent me a while ago.    I was trying to find the catalog page I sent to Jay, but he re-posted it before I tracked down my files.  It is from the 1975 GP Catalog.   The one of the Stained Glass was from an old (I think) craigslist ad, that was long ago sold.  I just saved the photos they had for reference.

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