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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.
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  • 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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Fantastic !!

The large candle in the first pic was made in Houston.there is a little more info in one of these threads. Company has been outta business for since mid 70s

Those drip candles was made by GP in the early 60's. Mold is long gone

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Almost everything in the photos was made by Valley of Fresno Ca.   Cooper was the NY area distributor for valley, and used almost exclusively their products.

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Our town still uses the christmas trees (2nd pic)in the downtown area, I wish I had one of those:) Great score Nick!!! Send more pics as they are displayed in your display:)

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10 minutes ago, Big J Illinois said:

Our town still uses the christmas trees (2nd pic)in the downtown area, I wish I had one of those:) Great score Nick!!! Send more pics as they are displayed in your display:)

My dad wants more that's his favorite one I may go get more it's such a once in a lifetime kindof thing some stuff was literally 12-15 foot  it was crazy 

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I am sooooo happy for you!  They are terrific pieces and I hope they bring you many years of joy.  Are these from the warehouse in NY?  They look beautiful lighted even though they have been sitting for so long.  Congrats, I am glad you got them!

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13 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

Our town still uses the christmas trees (2nd pic)in the downtown area, I wish I had one of those:) Great score Nick!!! Send more pics as they are displayed in your display:)

My dad wants more that's his favorite one I may go get more it's such a once in a lifetime kindof thing some stuff was literally 12-15 foot  it was crazy 

Ok sad news the owner had all of the remaining 100 of them removed and scrapped I was to late to save more, I guess it just makes these more special I have the only Santa left , but good news is the guy I found has a few more  he was happy I wanted to save them I actually got to pick these straight out of the warehouse in Saracus and one of the last to see the decrations in the place I'll remember this for the rest of my life it was such a great thing they deserve to be lit, someone's time went into every weld and it's just so special 

48 minutes ago, remixsam said:

The Santa face/ornament is amazing!   I'll add that to my shot list!  Congrats!

They had 3 of those Santas now two are in the trash I'm so glad I saved one they also had this giant 12 foot Santa with a full body with a plastic face I couldn't save it I could only fit 5 big ones in my truck due to the size 

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12 hours ago, donna123 said:

I am sooooo happy for you!  They are terrific pieces and I hope they bring you many years of joy.  Are these from the warehouse in NY?  They look beautiful lighted even though they have been sitting for so long.  Congrats, I am glad you got them!

I did indeed get them from the warehouse lots where saved but lots where thrown this weekend it sucks I couldn't save them all I'm telling you 100 at least where left but they had the clean out take them this week I saved the better ones, sadly most where broken and crushed any that had a plastic part and the Santa I got was the only one with the face not broken or missing it was also really dangerous even getting my 5 I have ,the stairs where missing and you had to jump up to a step and the floor was rotten in spots it was cool but creepy and so much broken glass imagine thousands of broken bulbs crunching at your feet , the weather got some of them really bad

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12 hours ago, babyantidormi25 said:

I did indeed get them from the warehouse lots where saved but lots where thrown this weekend it sucks I couldn't save them all I'm telling you 100 at least where left but they had the clean out take them this week I saved the better ones, sadly most where broken and crushed any that had a plastic part and the Santa I got was the only one with the face not broken or missing it was also really dangerous even getting my 5 I have ,the stairs where missing and you had to jump up to a step and the floor was rotten in spots it was cool but creepy and so much broken glass imagine thousands of broken bulbs crunching at your feet , the weather got some of them really bad

 

I can't imagine what a site it must have been in that building.  It's like you took a step back in time.  I guess the owner must have figured that he better clear it out before someone gets hurt.  Too bad he didn't know that there are folks who would buy them.  Instead of trashing them he could have made a buck or two.

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My hometown (Meservey, Iowa) used those trees for many years, starting in the mid 80s through maybe 5 or so years ago. Heh maybe closer to 10 now... time flies when you're getting older like I am.

At one point I asked my mom what they were doing with them and she asked and they offered me one... but nothing ever came of it (I didn't follow up). No idea if they still have them.

They always had problems with looking bad when one or more bulbs burned out, so they would be excellent with today's LED retrofits. My hometown always used bulbs to match the garland (green for the tree, red for the accents, and white for the diamond "star" since the version we had was a white topper)

I'm not nearly as fond of what they've replaced them with.

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Do any of you know if the scrap yard actually gets rid of these I want to try and see if I can find the scrap yard and maybe get more I want the least amount possible gone they are made so well it's suck a shame even the rebar is a thick old type not the garbage today 

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Way to go Nick! CONGRATULATIONS* on saving all of those commercial decorations. Wish things were still made like that. You now own a piece of decorating history. Good luck with finding the junk yard.

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