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Big J Illinois

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Was on Craig's, seen these and picked up ,and a trade of a nativity set.  Never see the green lanterns before, didnt know they existed..

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I've never seen them either.  Is there anyway they could have been stripped and repainted?

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Hey Slankard, the posts and covers are over sprayed, I do have the black and red. Never seen a green one. Like I said, I am sure there are millions, I just never seen one or heard of talk about of the gren..wonder if there are other colors??

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Hey Big J.

Never knew they existed either. Look cool though. That is a good haul there. That color green would look good for Easter.

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Darn!!  What a catch, Big J.  I’m always looking for similar offerings, but never this lucky. Just goes to show, it’s never too early for Christmas shopping.

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That’s a nice score! I keep looking and hoping I can find a score some more blow molds. I have only seen a lite color green post once. It was a Easter set up. Not sure if it’s exactly the same or not. The one attached from YouTube he put some flowers on the post. 

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So, what do the green post look like when they're lit up?  Can you see anything underneath the green paint?

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Have some pics finally,hope this helps..  I never seen these like I said.  The bulbs are oddly shaped on the tip. All 6, had these bulbs.

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I have 6 of them also and they are original, not repaints, two are new ones.

 

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I have owned mine for about 10 years, I was researching the old Empire catalogs last night but my Easter only goes back to the 80s and the mold date is 1969. If yours are the real thing the post is actually blown in green plastic and not painted. I should be talking to Mel tonight and I will see if he has the earlier catalog that might show it. 

 

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They are molded, NOT painted:)  I asked him if he had info on them. Pass the info along if you can , these are unique.  Isnt the mold number a 1969?? When did safety plugs start being used in 1969 lolol.. 

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1305 is the mold number and the 1969 is the date the mold was created, so the green ones could have been made anytime after that.

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I Just got off the phone with Mel and he doesn't have any info on the green lamp posts other than that Menards had them made special for them, like they did for the Empire football snowman

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19 minutes ago, Charlie E said:

I Just got off the phone with Mel and he doesn't have any info on the green lamp posts other than that Menards had them made special for them, like they did for the Empire football snowman

Charlie, small correction, those were the Grand Venture football snowmen, not Empire.

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On 7/1/2019 at 12:34 PM, Big J Illinois said:

Hey Donna, hope all is well:):)Use them in my display somewhere:) They are in great shape. How ya been?

 

On 7/1/2019 at 12:34 PM, Big J Illinois said:

Hey Donna, hope all is well:):)Use them in my display somewhere:) They are in great shape. How ya been?

Hey Big J,  I'm good, just had to step away from blow molds for a while. I hope all is well with you too!

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So anyway of knowing the age?  Was blowing (?) them a certain color rather than painting them done with many blow molds?

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You guys beat me to it. Those were made in green not repaints. I had a couple and sold them because I dont think they go with Christmas to well. I think more so Easter. I do have a bunch of the red ones.

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Although I got into a discussion a while back with some guys who mentioned the safety plug had been around since the 1960's, I think what we think of as safety plugs probably starts in the late 1980's.  Those would look great at Easter.

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