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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.
  • 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.
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Don good luck on your project. Being able to purchase light kits I’m switching all my bulbs over to Edison based kits from the C7 bulbs I used in them last year.
Donna, the molds were destroyed due to licensing. Some type of license with MagicCom. Nobody knows who they are, but their license expired on 3/1. So what wasn’t sold was sent to scrap.
At the sale most molds were GFs. Some were Empires old stock. This one in particular has no markings of GF or Empire. Just faded/scratched out Tarboro name.
Not the best pic of the mold in question, but here ya go. IMG_7042.JPG


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3 hours ago, Don Mcabee said:

I think Richard is referring to a few Prototype blow molds that were found in the cleaning of the factory. I hope he has pics to post. 

I can only guess about the many people who would want these.  I hope the rest of us get a chance see them at some point.  Can anyone tell us what shapes they are or if they are Christmas, Halloween, Easter or whatever?

 

Update- I just saw the previous entry, thanks for the pic!

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A cast aluminum mold for the Santa shown in the picture, if I recall correctly this picture was on the website of the company that made the aluminum mold.  Please correct me if I am wrong about that.  This picture has been floating around on the internet for several years.

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