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The Blow Mold Expert

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Last month I posted my photos of the ALF.CO choir children I got for a steal.  3 of the 6 full body ones, 2 of the 6 angels, and all 3 of the super rare half bodies.  The only known photo of the half bodies is one of the Bronner's showroom in 1961.  The person I got these from got them in "rual central Michigan" (near Bronners).  They are stamped 1960 (ALF stamped exact years unto their actual individual blow molds), a year before the photo was taken. Given all that and their extremely limited production, chances are they are the half body carolers in the photo, and the other carolers/angels are from Bronners too.  They are so elusive I am thinking they may have been Bronners exclusive, even old ALF ads only list the full bodies.  In the aforementioned photo, they are attached to a choir box they were presumablely origingally were sold with.  After attemps to acquire the original choir box from Bronners (which they still have) were unsuccessful, this christmas a family member was kind enough to follow the photo and build me an exact replica for the choir children!  Here it is with the caroler children attached and with the three full body children I have in front of it.  



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So excited to come across this! I was looking up info on my own choir children, circa 1959 & 1960, when I found yours. I purchased my first two  around 1996 or so from a dealer who had purchased several lots of items from La Salette Shrine in Massachusetts when they were updating their outdoor displays. They were a great bargain; got them for close to nothing. My third, the blond boy, came along a year or so later from the Brimfield fair, also in Mass. I usually display them in my family room loft along with a lighted chapel, stained glass windows and a few other items. I've considered selling them a few times to downsize, but can't seem to do it. Now that I've seen your beautiful display, I've developed a new-found enthusiasm for the little kids! I also never realized that there are some half-bodies out there that were deliberately made that way; now that I see your choir box, it makes perfect sense. Thank you for sharing your info! Regards. 


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