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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • 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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    I’ll happily shine light for everyone. I was in person for the auction and boy what an experience to be in the plant that made all our blow molds. I even met the Vice President/owner of Cado. That w

    Years ago the skull with candle used to show up occassionally on eBay but I have not seen it available anywhere for a few years now.  It would be nice to know what the maker called it, that might make

    A few years ago I had put out blow up Halloween Haunted house and state puff marshmallow man out and about half of my blow molds. We had two cameras up. About mid October three guys in a white paneled

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    Cado did in fact purchase the soldier from GF along with the Mrs. Claus, penguin, some candles and the Nativity and dancing Santa.

     

    Right now, the molds that Cado didn’t get are still sitting in Tarboro. But my understanding is a scrapper purchased them however from my understanding he is looking into having them produced.

     

    Also Cado confirmed with me that they only got 75% of Unions molds. The rest were scrapped. Including the Union Nutcracker.

     

     

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    On 4/16/2018 at 10:09 PM, RichardG said:

    Also Cado confirmed with me that they only got 75% of Unions molds. The rest were scrapped. Including the Union Nutcracker.

     

    Im guessing that there was more than 1 Union Nutcracker mold in existence and used in production. Right? Does anyone know for sure?

    'If' there was only one Union nutcracker mold, and if what is stated by Richard is 100% factual...then there will never again be a Union nutcracker produced. Am i getting this right? 

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    Im guessing that there was more than 1 Union Nutcracker mold in existence and used in production. Right? Does anyone know for sure?
    'If' there was only one Union nutcracker mold, and if what is stated by Richard is 100% factual...then there will never again be a Union nutcracker produced. Am i getting this right? 

    Yes that is correct. I’m not exactly sure how many molds of the nutcracker they had. I’m just telling you what the VP of Cado told me at the GF auction. He was interested in GFs, but the way they done the auction screwed over his plans to try and get it.


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    In 2007 or 2008 Harold Featherstone told me that Faster Form sold over half the Union Products molds for scrap and some that they kept they only had half the mold.  I have a newspaper interview with Don Featherstone that I need to find, the article states that UP made as many as 800 different products at the time.  By the time Cado bought the UP name and molds a May 3, 2010 article stated

    "Cado Products Inc. of Fitchburg, Mass., purchased the intellectual property rights to the pink flamingo, as well as more than 200 blow molds and injection molds that had once been used by Union Products Inc."

    So apparently only about 25% of the original 800 different molds still existed when Cado purchased the UP name and molds from Faster Form, also, how many of the molds are lawn and garden and how many are holiday?  That is a question that Cado will probably not answer for us.

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    Anything new happening with the molds?  Any more info on the winning bidders?

    Winning bidder was in fact a scrapper. He has someone who is looking to buy a bunch from him. He told me he’s looking to sell some and scrap some. Time will tell.


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    16 hours ago, RichardG said:


    Winning bidder was in fact a scrapper. He has someone who is looking to buy a bunch from him. He told me he’s looking to sell some and scrap some. Time will tell.


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    Thank you Richard

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    Just to let everyone know, I'm the guy who is trying to buy several of the specific molds. I have been silent for a while on this subject. I was at the Tarboro auction and have since made 4 trips back to mark the molds I was interested in. The buyer has now moved them all to his warehouse and I will be meeting with them this Friday to see if we can agree on price on the ones I had wanted to preserve. I am not in the mold business but a long time collector. I can't stand by and watch all of them get destroyed but I have no illusions about making any fortunes with them either. I am a retired police officer.  I have done all of my homework over the last few months and do indeed know what it take to actually produce a mold from start to finish. I have used some of the top industry consultants to help me. I'm trying my best to preserve a handfull of them.  I can confirm the Empire Train has been preserved.  I have also marked the carolers (along with all the heads) and there is one very old choir body there that may be the old Beco mold. I will know this Friday. The market just won't tolerate much, no matter what folks say. Too many variables.  If anyone wants to help with the investment, give me a yell before Friday! I'm open to any questions you may have.  :)

    Thanks!!!

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    Is this possibly one that you have marked?  It looks to be the mold for the third blow mold from the left in the second picture.  The only known information that I have for it is that it was made by General Foam in 1974, I do not know if it was made any other years.  I have four 1974 Kress newspaper ads showing it, two from the Honolulu Advertiser and two from the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

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    It would be great to have that mold saved, it has been a favorite of Halloween collectors for years.  What about it's sidekick, does the mold still exist for this one?  I have not been able to find any information on it other then that General Foam made it also.  I do not know what it is called or what year(s) it was made and I have searched for information on it for 10 years or more.

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    It would be great to have that mold saved, it has been a favorite of Halloween collectors for years.  What about it's sidekick, does the mold still exist for this one?  I have not been able to find any information on it other then that General Foam made it also.  I do not know what it is called or what year(s) it was made and I have searched for information on it for 10 years or more.
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    Mel, this one?

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    Richard, YES, that is the one, now we know both molds still exist and hopefully they will continue to exist.  I have been doing more research on that one tonight and unexpectedly I found two newspaper ads from 1975 with that one in them. I guess it is just a matter of putting the right words together to have success in searching.  I have spent many years trying to find out when these were made and finally found out one year for each of the two.

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    Some of the information on Blow-Molded is incorrect and has not been updated over the last year or so.  At the end of last year (2017) new information became available on the two blow molds and more recent information leads to General Foam originally making them.  So far there has been no confirmed information that Bayshore ever made these.  If anyone has any documented information on Bayshore making them it would be great if they would be willing to share it.

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    2 hours ago, Mel Fischer said:

    Some of the information on Blow-Molded is incorrect and has not been updated over the last year or so.  At the end of last year (2017) new information became available on the two blow molds and more recent information leads to General Foam originally making them.  So far there has been no confirmed information that Bayshore ever made these.  If anyone has any documented information on Bayshore making them it would be great if they would be willing to share it.

    Mel

    Thanks Mel

    Btw, do you happen to know who made the Skull Candle blow mold in the above photo?

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