Jump to content
Did you know?
  • 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.

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

comet

Markee products-Christmas Silhouettes

Recommended Posts

Made in the General Plastics plant in Marion Indiana for the plants owners son..Mark

These were only made for a few years.Made just like the larger garland pole mount  decorations that are still being made today.

On the box it says "innovation in outdoor  lighting"

I have all 4 designs.All lite with c7 bulbs.

These were once sold at Menards

markee.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, that is awesome!!!!!  I never knew those existed.  I wish they still made those.   

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have quite a few of these I'm still looking for the leaping deer and Santa in the sleigh. There's some others I'm looking for also. 

image.jpeg

Wow, that is awesome!!!!!  I never knew those existed.  I wish they still made those.   

there's a couple of the candy canes on eBay for sale. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are very nice I had some more than fifteen or twenty years and they have held up very well, I have the tree, santa in the sleigh, horse, teddy bear and three different deer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That product line is one of reasons General Plastics faltered.  The son spent too much time and effort concentrating on that line, and the quality at General Plastics began to suffer badly.   Things were starting to be made so cheaply, that they were falling apart, and failing after one season...   The Markee line was made at another plant, up the road, in Converse, Indiana.    General Plastics was a union Shop, and had been for years.   The son was doing everything he could to get rid of the union employees.   General Plastics ended up going out of business in1995.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unions have nothing to do with it, greed of owners does    General Plastics thrived for 50 years under the leadership of the first 2 generations as a union shop. and many good people made a good living   It was the grandsons attempt to get rid of the union employees, and pay substandard wages that let to the quality of the product going to hell.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still in business today under new management owner and name--GP designs

They make "almost" all usa made commercial garland.At least I'm told they make the best !!!!!!

They must be doing some good.They moved into a much larger building just 3-4 years ago

The company I buy from has been there and goes there often.They buy/sell a large amount decorations.

http://gpdesigns.biz/products/31/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are very nice I had some more than fifteen or twenty years and they have held up very well, I have the tree, santa in the sleigh, horse, teddy bear and three different deer.

what does the teddy bear look like

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are very nice I had some more than fifteen or twenty years and they have held up very well, I have the tree, santa in the sleigh, horse, teddy bear and three different deer.

what does the teddy bear look like

here is the bear hope you can tell what it is

image.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They are very nice I had some more than fifteen or twenty years and they have held up very well, I have the tree, santa in the sleigh, horse, teddy bear and three different deer.

what does the teddy bear look like

here is the bear hope you can tell what it is

image.jpeg

that's cute wish I had that one. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/1/2015 at 7:30 PM, jlknox11 said:

I have quite a few of these I'm still looking for the leaping deer and Santa in the sleigh. There's some others I'm looking for also. 

image.jpeg

there's a couple of the candy canes on eBay for sale. 

I have a leaping deer, a santa in the sleigh and another deer for sale. All in their original boxes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

×
×
  • Create New...