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JeffCarter

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Wow - Wow - Wow   What a sad thing to see.  Let's hope most of the items are saved and continue on for many more years.  I absolutely love the large candles and I see a pic of "SMILEY" the snowman too.  He was made by General Plastics, back in-the-day.  I would love to be able to have him in my collection as he was seen throughout the streets where I grew up.     Here he is in his 1962 class picture....... 

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wow so much waste. I bet the company didnt know that they wasted their money hiring a crew to clean it out. I know I would have gladly helped clean it out for a chance to save/salvage some of the stuff. I really hope someone does go dumpster diving and helps keep some of it from going to a landfill. 

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What a shame, so sad they are just dumping them.  The article states the second floor is full of Christmas decor, but the floor is too unsafe to go up there.  I hope the workers can get the stuff down so folks can grab them.  I can just imagine someone fixing and lighting one of those angels.  It would be so thrilling to see it lighted!

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Well got in contact and read a few articles and some people are buying and selling these on eBay and in stores and someone plans to use them for Halloween which is horrible well better than being thrown away and I don't think all of them are free some they I guess where selling the owners 

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just for the sake of having one of those candles, I would dare say I would spend the amount that would have me sleeping on the couch to avoid my wife's wrath. 

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OK, so I downloaded some of the pictures so I could zoom in for a better look.  The "Smiley" snowman is NOT the blow mold I thought he was.  After zooming in I realized that is not a pic up in a loft area, but that it is a full 8' tall replica, painted version, of the decoration.  In another couple of the pictures I can now tell those are the BECO ornaments that hare hanging from the ceiling.  And I also found more on the Christmas Angel - She is a Trumpet Blowing Angel from c1961.   Here is a UPI photo from Historical Images and the caption on the reverse.  I still do not know who made her, she is not in the l962 General Plastics catalog.  Does anyone have any Cooper's Catalogs from that era??  Maybe they made them and some flew into Detroit for the Christmas season.  There were several manufacturers at that time as more elaborate displays were common just about everywhere.

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1 hour ago, babyantidormi25 said:

The guy that bought stuff wants 2000 for it , and won't help me anymore this stinks 

chances are he is in it for the dollar value, not the restoration or historical purpose that we would like to have. If you get anymore info share it with the group, $2000 is not outrageous but for that price I would want the entire salvage project and all contents lol

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:omg: I can not believe this has happened. I just at a loss for words. I mean I loved all of those type of decorations when growing up and todays municipal decorations do not even compare. Such a sad waste. :(

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The angels were made by Valley Decorating of Fresno, Ca.   Cooper was not a manufacturer, but rather an installation contractor, and local rep for valley

 

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An update I have a meeting this Saturday with someone who saved some of those decorations 

and wants to help me out , never been this happy in my life 

He also told me that none of he Angels where in contact only one had the complete face , the others all had one set of the winds broke and one side of the face broke and none had the trumpet or halos , and sad to say some of the downstairs stuff is already thrown but the entire top was saved and nearly 80 percent of the bottom stuff , he said they got hundreds out and are gonna use them some how , crazy how this place was abandoned for years I guess the last time stuff was used was 1989 and the file cabinet said when they where used and where they where used, how cool , wish this stuff was taken better care off the Angels sure would still be fully intact 

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23 hours ago, Ken Draus said:

The angels were made by Valley Decorating of Fresno, Ca.   Cooper was not a manufacturer, but rather an installation contractor, and local rep for valley

 

Thanks for the info Ken,   Any chance you have a catalog picture to share?

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12 hours ago, WLND-DAVID said:

Thanks for the info Ken,   Any chance you have a catalog picture to share?

Unfortunately all of may catalogs, among many other things, are in storage still from when we did a major house renovation a few years ago.   There are still several pallets of stuff, all shrink wrapped that we still have yet to get to.  I know I have a 1967 Valley catalog though, and I think the angels are in it.

 

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On December 3, 2016 at 9:55 AM, donna123 said:

What a shame, so sad they are just dumping them.  The article states the second floor is full of Christmas decor, but the floor is too unsafe to go up there.  I hope the workers can get the stuff down so folks can grab them.  I can just imagine someone fixing and lighting one of those angels.  It would be so thrilling to see it lighted!

Donna trust me I'll definelty help the person that has one of them light it it is all broke but still would be nice to see it lit

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I randomly came across this image when searching around tonight. It's on the Crystal Valley website. They look just like the angels that were in this warehouse. Not for sure, but they look similar. Very cool installation of three angels branching out from a tree on a pole.

They also have a page dedicated to "Retro Old Time Decorations" where it states that they will rebuild old style decorations. I wonder if they would make the plastic faces again. That would be awesome if they did. The rest of the angel would be a pretty easy DIY project.

CV Angels.jpg

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16 hours ago, Oldstuff said:

I randomly came across this image when searching around tonight. It's on the Crystal Valley website. They look just like the angels that were in this warehouse. Not for sure, but they look similar. Very cool installation of three angels branching out from a tree on a pole.

They also have a page dedicated to "Retro Old Time Decorations" where it states that they will rebuild old style decorations. I wonder if they would make the plastic faces again. That would be awesome if they did. The rest of the angel would be a pretty easy DIY project.

CV Angels.jpg

Those are indeed the Angels they also had the same star topper just sitting but most where broken and the Angels aren't made of a good material, they are made of the thin plastic that's flat backs are made of only 1 had both face parts 

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