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Rich in Las Vegas

History of blow mold makers

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I'd like to see someone on this site put together a short history of the major blow mold companies and when they were in operation.   I purchased two blow molds in the past two weeks from my local Goodwill outlet store.  If I hadn't discovered this site in November while looking for a way to light a semicircular window, I would not have even thought to pick up the molds.   Of course that led to me looking up General Foam Products (28" lighted penguin) and Union Products (30" angel).  Sadly both companies have folded although a small number of products from UP are available after UP merged into Cado http://cadocompany.com/division.html

I have about two dozen small molds and candy canes that I converted to 12V DC LEDs  and look forward to doing the same with any molds I acquire.   The GFP penguin was sold by Sears and Kmart as late as 2016 so may be fairly recent.  It was missing the light at the back so I used a 4W 400 lumen chip-on-board LED to light it.  That made it look really neat.  The angel isn't illuminated but looks to be a good candidate for adding SMD 3528 strip lights wound around 1/2" PVC irrigation pipe. 

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Rich, 

There is a great article on this subject in the Planet Christmas Magazine Sept 2014.

Click the Other tab above, click the Magazine tab and scroll down to Sept 2014. The article is called Blow Molds are Back! by Charles Enos which starts on page 46.

This is a great article with tons of information.

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