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If there are some there that are not worth $15 I would sure like to know which ones they are.  You have some great looking blow molds there.

I see there are two different stacking skulls do you know who made them?

Mel

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3 hours ago, Mel Fischer said:

If there are some there that are not worth $15 I would sure like to know which ones they are.  You have some great looking blow molds there.

I see there are two different stacking skulls do you know who made them?

Mel

The short grey one is foam and made by trendsetters. The white one is Drainage Industries and was made exclusively at their Canadian plant in Toronto. A pumpkin stack was it's partner.

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Did Drainage Industries have a plant in Canada, if so, what years were they there and when did they close their doors there?  Were they connected with the Shaw family that founded Integrated Plastics in Scarborough?  I think that the Shaw family was from Agincourt, Ontario, Canada in the 1990's.  Donald Shaw designed and patented the pumpkin stack that Drainage had  in 1996 for Integrated Plastics and I have wondered if Drainage bought the Integrated molds and inventory since Drainage does not show the stacking skulls or tombstone in their catalogs.  Integrated Plastics ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in July 2005.

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Yes they were. I believe that the family owned both factories. The drainage factory was in Agincourt district as well. That factory also created a black eyed version of the squiggly ghost and a pumpkin with decal features, both of which were sold exclusively in Canada.

12 minutes ago, Mel Fischer said:

Did Drainage Industries have a plant in Canada, if so, what years were they there and when did they close their doors there?  Were they connected with the Shaw family that founded Integrated Plastics in Scarborough?  I think that the Shaw family was from Agincourt, Ontario, Canada in the 1990's.  Donald Shaw designed and patented the pumpkin stack that Drainage had  in 1996 for Integrated Plastics and I have wondered if Drainage bought the Integrated molds and inventory since Drainage does not show the stacking skulls or tombstone in their catalogs.  Integrated Plastics ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in July 2005.

 

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Thank you for the comments and history. The small skull stack is made by Trendsetters but the taller one did not have a name on it so glad that someone can help me out. I thought some of those were pretty common and therefore not worth as much (candles mainly). The previous owner still has some more in storage so hopefully when she gets to them I will have some more to add to my collection.

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6 hours ago, The Blow Mold Expert said:

Yes they were. I believe that the family owned both factories. The drainage factory was in Agincourt district as well. That factory also created a black eyed version of the squiggly ghost and a pumpkin with decal features, both of which were sold exclusively in Canada.

 

Thanks for the information, do you possibly have any pictures of the ghost and pumpkin?  I think that Donald Shaw also designed the Drainage "Jolly" pumpkin but I do not know for sure.  The patent papers do not say who the assignee was, they do say the "Inventor" was Donald Shaw and he was from Agincourt, Ontario, Canada.

Mel

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7 hours ago, Mel Fischer said:

Thanks for the information, do you possibly have any pictures of the ghost and pumpkin?  I think that Donald Shaw also designed the Drainage "Jolly" pumpkin but I do not know for sure.  The patent papers do not say who the assignee was, they do say the "Inventor" was Donald Shaw and he was from Agincourt, Ontario, Canada.

Mel

Decal pumpkin is in the center of photo  2.

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21 hours ago, Mel Fischer said:

Did Drainage Industries have a plant in Canada, if so, what years were they there and when did they close their doors there?  Were they connected with the Shaw family that founded Integrated Plastics in Scarborough?  I think that the Shaw family was from Agincourt, Ontario, Canada in the 1990's.  Donald Shaw designed and patented the pumpkin stack that Drainage had  in 1996 for Integrated Plastics and I have wondered if Drainage bought the Integrated molds and inventory since Drainage does not show the stacking skulls or tombstone in their catalogs.  Integrated Plastics ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in July 2005.

Mel I think the Intergrated Plastics gallery on blowmolded should be expanded. I know they made a wall mounted pumpkin and skull. I believe either they or Drainage made the ghost coming out of the pumpkin as the design is very similar. 

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28 minutes ago, snoopyguy said:

Mel I think the Intergrated Plastics gallery on blowmolded should be expanded. I know they made a wall mounted pumpkin and skull. I believe either they or Drainage made the ghost coming out of the pumpkin as the design is very similar. 

The ghost pumpkin is Integrated plastics. They also made a tombstone ghost and a melting face.

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2 hours ago, snoopyguy said:

Mel I think the Intergrated Plastics gallery on blowmolded should be expanded. I know they made a wall mounted pumpkin and skull. I believe either they or Drainage made the ghost coming out of the pumpkin as the design is very similar. 

Agreed the Integrated plastics section needs to by expanded, the problem there is we only have three more integrated items that are not there yet, the snowman, candle and the Halloween black cat with pumpkin.  If you have any others it would be great to receive good pictures of them to upload to the website.  Anyone who has Integrated Plastics blow molds that are not on the website good pictures and any information you have on them would be appreciated and you would be given credit for them.  Send me a PM for the details.

Mel

 

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13 minutes ago, Mel Fischer said:

Agreed the Integrated plastics section needs to by expanded, the problem there is we only have three more integrated items that are not there yet, the snowman, candle and the Halloween black cat with pumpkin.  If you have any others it would be great to receive good pictures of them to upload to the website.  Anyone who has Integrated Plastics blow molds that are not on the website good pictures and any information you have on them would be appreciated and you would be given credit for them.  Send me a PM for the details.

Mel

 

I will send you a PM. Do you have even poor photos of the cat and snowman. I do have some photos I could send. Could you post photos of the cat and snowman?

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46 minutes ago, The Blow Mold Expert said:

I will send you a PM. Do you have even poor photos of the cat and snowman. I do have some photos I could send. Could you post photos of the cat and snowman?

The cat is in this picture.  I was mistaken about a snowman I was thinking of the Universal Electric snowman.

Mel

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Great Haul Bud. I love the mickey and minnie blow molds. What I would like to see in better detail is the back of one of the carolers that is missing its light, how is the light attached?

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Wow!  You picked up a lot of great 'molds there!  I'm curious to know about the pumpkin in the front left of the 4th picture.  I don't recognize that one.  Is it flat on the back?  It appears like it is in one of the other pictures.  Who made it?

TED

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22 hours ago, TED said:

Wow!  You picked up a lot of great 'molds there!  I'm curious to know about the pumpkin in the front left of the 4th picture.  I don't recognize that one.  Is it flat on the back?  It appears like it is in one of the other pictures.  Who made it?

TED

It is flat on the back. I do not see any brand on it.

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On 11/15/2016 at 8:36 AM, jarnaez said:

Great Haul Bud. I love the mickey and minnie blow molds. What I would like to see in better detail is the back of one of the carolers that is missing its light, how is the light attached?

Here is a pic of the back of the caroler.

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