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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.
  • ‘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.
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  1. 9 points
    I apologize in advance for the quality (or lack thereof) of the photos My yard is a paradigm...it's a big front and side yard so there's plenty of room for decor but the yard slopes sharply from the street so i have to get creative in displaying things (like building elevated platforms). Here's the front yard which goes for a vintage theme
  2. 9 points
    Went live tonight. Finished my Poloron Mechanical Santa tonight lol, talk about cutting it close. I'm pretty happy with them. They are not anywhere near perfect, but they are a million times better than what they were before.
  3. 8 points
    Ok, in a few posts including one on christmasfanclub, ans Planet christmas I have sent out a request wanting to buy a plastic sleigh, and 10 deer. Yes 10 deer and here is why............................this past year my 8 year old daughter (the only girl beside her mom, so yeah she gets special treatment lol) (and bless her heart she is the most gullible person on the planet) anyway, she was riding with me in my truck to pick up a payment for a job done in little rock. Well we were riding along listening to Christmas music on the radio and Rudolph by Gene Autry came on. She was singing her little heart out and when she gets to the part that says " But do you recall?" the most famous reindeer of all.....I stopped her and said "Emy what did you say?" so she repeated it and I told her thats not what it says........It says "but do you know Claude", and the most famous reindeer of all.......She kinda argued with me that I was wrong (I never cracked a smile) I proceeded to tell her this long drawn out story that Claude was a little unruly and they left him out of the cartoons because he was always in some sort of mischief. I went on to tell her that he lives in the village with all the Elf of a Shelf guys in Istanbul. Please try to imagine this beautiful little girl soaking in all of Dads wisdom, as I told her that Santa still lets claude go out with the rest of the team on Christmas but he has to run along beside them because there are not enough hitches on the sleigh. Well, me and the family has a good laugh after she went to bed that evening and I thought it was over...WRONG. Next day on a job site in Greenville SC my cell rings and its the school. I excused myself long enough to answer and be informed that during Chorus class Emy refused to sing it "right" because "my daddy said thats not right...and he is never wrong"...OH GOD I ABOUT DIED!!!! I had to explain the joke to the teacher. I thought boy Im glad thats over...WRONG....The lead Engineer had overheard the conversation and I got a full day....no...week of ribbing about not knowing the words to a kids song.....Well if you think it was over....WRONG AGAIN......A few weeks ago I decided to buy a sleigh and deer and make them appear to be wayyyyyy up high flying in my neighbors yard for 2017. I sat down with my laptop and started shopping, I found the most amazing 1977 Empire sleigh with 1 deer on ebay, next day I found an auction for 2 more deer, total of 3. I showed my daughter what I had found (she is my helper on christmas decorations, and pretty much the shot caller) and she says, you only need 7 more deer daddy, I told her I was just gonna get 8 and that would be enough, the said "Daddy you started this mess, now do it right...we gonna have 10"...........Me and my big mouth....I hope you enjoy it as much as I did doing it.....Don I copied and pasted this from my original post on Christmasfanclub and put it here hoping you guys would enjoy it, Don
  4. 7 points
    Very sad news. I'm so glad I have my molds and will pamper them even more now that this has happened. You can look forward to the price of molds on ebay skyrocketing. Better get what you want from GFP and ebay, while you can still afford it. I wouldn't be surprised, if some China company buys the molds and then redesigns them to put crappy solar lights in them that only last for two hours and gives them that ugly bluish light look. My greatest fear is that the molds will be thrown away or sold to collectors that will never produce them again. I hate saying this, but I feel that we Christmas loving blow molders are a dying breed of people. It is true that there are some new lovers, but the truth is that a large majority of people in our country have been losing the Christmas spirit for many years. Just look at how many neighborhoods and homes are dark at Christmas across our land. Many cities and towns hardly put anything up. These things started a long time ago and just continues to get worse as the years roll on. Most Americans seemed happier and optimistic back in the 1950s, 60's , 70's, & 80's than today. I hope America finds its happiness again someday. No matter what happens, I'll keep putting my stuff up and hope the younger people will see what Christmas was once like in America. I need to just shut up, because talking about this brings me down. To all my fellow Christmas blow molders, I say keep the joy alive in your hearts and on your lawns and never let it die. Now I need to go look at my molds to lift my spirits back up again.
  5. 6 points
    A seldom seen pair of Hamilton-Skotch 38" candles. Mel
  6. 5 points
    Here are a couple of pictures of a few of the Halloween blow molds that are in the approximately 70 blow molds that we received last month. I took the pictures today and still have to get pictures of the rest of them. Mel
  7. 5 points
    I wish I had the means to by all the stamping, patents and equipment to keep it in business....i know, I'm a dreamer lolol
  8. 5 points
    I collect vintage Christmas Lighting, including the Lighting Guides that were popular from the 50's through the 70's. I gave a talk at the last two Christmas Expo's on the History of Christmas Lighting and covered a lot of this. Many are finding the "next big idea" is often hidden away in one of these guides. These Lighting Guides were compiled by illumination engineers and implemented the very best practices in lighting. Even though technology has changed, good lighting technique have not. Here's a link to several of those guides: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/collections/72157635505741139/ Here's a link to my website: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/
  9. 4 points
    Been looking for one for a long time but they always seem to bring a lot of money. I think I got an ok deal on this. It’s in good shape with just a little bit of glitter rubbed off. The inserts are a little faded but I have some nice spares I can put in it.
  10. 4 points
    Slankard sent me the pic we ALL have been waiting for! Thanks Slankard!!
  11. 4 points
    The blow mold storage area. The building is 24' x 36' and is over half full of blow molds including the overhead above the joists, the trailer is 12' x 61' and is packed completely full. The other pictures are of our front porch at the moment, all of the totes are full of blow molds also. The ones on the porch are waiting for me to take some pictures and make plastic bags for them. Mel
  12. 4 points
    Parts are arriving and things are slowly coming together.
  13. 3 points
    Hi all, hope everyone is do e decorating lol. I know it's been listed in here before, but here is our display. The dog was helping out also.
  14. 3 points
    This year's addition to my display is Monster's Inc. To give you a little idea of the dimension... the door is 8' tall. My 15 year old daughter painted Mike. The red light, at the top of the door, flashes on and off... as seen in the main picture (off) and the close-up (on).
  15. 3 points
    I been using vampire plugs and SPT-1W wire for many years I had good luck with them. The wire is good up to 7amps I try to keep any one cord less than 5 amps = 600W. Below pictures are some of the cords I have made up and the parts needed to make more cords up. I would recommend trying it out. I use Action lighting for my plugs and holiday lights express for SPT-1W wire. If you want to try it out on small scale/cost go to action lighting order 100ft of wire and some in-line plugs. And see if you like the results. The choir stand uses one wire 40’ long with 24 in-line plugs.
  16. 3 points
    I had some sugarplum blow molds laying around and after finding just the right metal hoop and some commercial garland, I made a vintage style street pole wreath. The second photo of the three wreaths was the 'inspiration' for it.
  17. 3 points
    New to blow molds, lucked upon a set of Grand venture sleigh and 4 reindeer in an attic a few months ago , had always wanted a set. And now Im hooked....drove an hour to pick up a nativity set yesterday, but really slim pickings in my area. Then My father sends me a text with pics of all sorts of brand new General Foams at a store! There all new old stock, but at full retail and then some. Brand new in box flying reindeer $100, I saw a 20% off all lawn ornaments sign and considered it to add to the display...but ...asked clerk if blow molds were included, she looked at me like I was asking for her first born,,, and proceeded to tell me "ooh No". Last pic is my little set up going up..
  18. 3 points
    Chuck, I would love to see a new PC Magazine! I always enjoy them. I have printed out most of them and read them on remote job site where there is no cell phone service. Also, it would be cool if there where some articles on manufacture plant like Cado and some of the LED manufacturing plants. I know it’s a real tall order but I alway find it interesting how things are produced and I think other on here would be interested. Thanks for all your hard work!!!
  19. 3 points
    Happy Holidays everyone here is my display for this year.
  20. 3 points
    Finished up the display a couple days early this year. Added a 7’ Santa, a couple more swans, and a few additional strings of light here and there. ? What do you think?
  21. 3 points
    Garage sales have started this year and Letgo has blessed us!! Does anyone know about the Dapol antern on what year it was made? I know it lights up and has the original, non safety plug . Also the candles? Year ect? Thanks J
  22. 3 points
    I want one of those for each side of the steps to protect me from my kids!!!!
  23. 3 points
    What an awesome item that I've never seen before. Unfortunately $500.00 is not in my budget!
  24. 3 points
    I was browsing Mercari for inflatables and I came across this! https://item.mercari.com/gl/m94242249555/
  25. 3 points
    Well... we're into August. Is anyone out there working on their cutouts for this year besides me? I got started last week and am having a blast. The characters are cutout, the Coro attached to the frames and the painting has begun. I'm doing "Toy Story" figures this year. Here's a couple of pics... one of Buzz with a first coat of paint and one of the other characters awaiting the paint process. To give you a little perspective... Stinky Pete's box and bow are right at 8' tall. Share what you're working on for this year and include some pictures of your pieces during the creation process!
  26. 3 points
    I just saved these from being taken to the dump. There was more but I did not find out about them until some were already taken to the dump from an estate sale. They are in excellent condition for how old they are. The clear coat has yellowed over the years. After some research and speaking to the neighbor next door to the estate sale these were made some time around 1960 as he recalled. They are the Douglas Fir Plywood Association patterns that came out in 1957. It was poster paper that you glued to plywood and then clear coat it. The Santa, sleigh and reindeer are from the Douglas Fir Plywood Association promotion. I have 2 camels, one with a wise man on it that was the only pieces left from the nativity scene the estate had. The neighbor told me that there was at least 10 more pieces that were sent to the dump that the family did not want. These look like the ones from U-bild but the neighbor told me that they were made around 1960 also so not sure about them. I wish I could have saved the rest. These will be in my display this year. These are all 5 to 6 feet tall pieces. Tom
  27. 3 points
    Here is a fun sequence I just completed using xLights. Let me know what you think. https://vimeo.com/265021717
  28. 3 points
    We made (2) 50ft cords for our 30 tin soldiers ,that will outline the one side of our property. The total length will be 100ft or so The cord is 16ga. Was thinking of SPT with vampire plugs, but not sold on them, for a 100ft run.
  29. 3 points
    Sad indeed! I have accumulated around 170 or so molds over the years and this is another reason I want to hang onto mine longer now. I made a large display with them and have many of the same types such as drummers. angels, trumpet angels (have 25 of these in different colors) choir people! I want to replace all the C7 incandescent bulbs in them with dimmable C7 LED bulbs in some and pixels in some others but with my back problems I have not set up my display for the last couple of years. I was thinking of selling some stuff but still have the idea that maybe I can set up some things so I hold out hope on a display yet! Now I guess I will have to keep things just so they will not disappear entirely. Especially when I see some molds sitting on the side of the road for pickup by the trash collector! That is sad when many times the molds justs need some TLC and taking care of to bring it up to looking just fine. Times change as do all things I guess and certainly business is business but can be sad to see an era going away.
  30. 3 points
    I just have to say, looking on scum-bay, the rejects have started the price hike already.....
  31. 3 points
    Such a cool website! Thank you for putting in the work to create that.
  32. 3 points
    Looks like a modern take on this tree from 1958: Here it is again from a 1970 GE Christmas Lighting guide:
  33. 2 points
    Wow!!!! Please tell us more. How long does it take to set up? How many blow molds? Are you using all led bulbs? This is awesome and the kids must love it 😀
  34. 2 points
    A 1955 newspaper picture with some of the Christmas items Spielbauer offered for the holiday. Note the Sculptoris choir boy and girl on the table we rarely see those anywhere. Mel
  35. 2 points
    I found a youtube video from a few weeks ago about CADO plastics and there different products. Towards the end of the Youtube video they go down to the floor and film the making of the snowman with penguin 75305. The youtube video is long but it has some good information the last 5 minutes is the best!!!(in my book). youtube link:
  36. 2 points
    They are very cool and bigger than I thought. You may also try Amazon. They have them listed on there and are cheaper. Either way I’m happy with mine.
  37. 2 points
    They are from Home Depot
  38. 2 points
    Been busy making bags for the blow molds again. The Santa's Best AA Mrs Claus bag is 36" x 66" and the AA Santa bag is 36" x 72". The plastic sealer I bought several months ago for making the bags is a dream for making these extra large bags of heavy plastic without any help needed. Mel
  39. 2 points
    Also last year I had push button set up so people on the sidewalk could push the set of songs they wanted. It was a big hit with the kids. The only problem was it rained almost every day in December. And the contact on the push buttons when wet had some voltage drop and MP3 control had issues since the voltage is only 5V and drop made it come back as 3= null reading. This year I just went with speakers on all the time. The round holes in the picture were for the round outdoor speakers.
  40. 2 points
    Last few years, I stepped up to switch from incandescent to LED lights. Some are plugged in and some are powered off from the batteries (solar chargers modified output at 12V). Might not seem much but compared to other houses, I went big this year.
  41. 2 points
    After searching around on the internet (Google, eBay, Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, etc), I found a 10 FT tall Christmas Tree inflatable at a very good price for $49 (+ Free shipping! over $35) at Walmart. Others 5-8 FT Christmas Tree inflatables cost around $55-$80 (some charge more for shipping). This is the tallest inflatable I currently have. Others are 4-5 FT.
  42. 2 points
    I built a dedicated shed for most of my controllers. Exception being the controllers for smart pixels in which case I took 3/4" conduit, bent into a 180 degree arch, welded a crossmember (really not needed) and using self drilling screws, secured these hoops to the back of the controllers. My first attempt included 2 cross pieces welded and then I determined they are not required at all. I then drove 2 short pieces or rebar into the ground and set the controller over them. Works great ! Side benefit, the "hoop" makes a great handle to carry them and/or hang them up in the garage after the lights come down
  43. 2 points
    In my opinion, I think there's a difference between someone who collects many different kinds of items (hoarder) and someone who is a collector of a specific genre. It makes you a Christmas decorator/collector. I certainly wouldn't let the fools at Netflix sway how you feel about Christmas decorating.
  44. 2 points
    Well , here it goes..... eWe have profected ,in my opinion the 3 car driveway arch. There are 5 total arches. They are spaced just under 6 ft apart, and the shortest span is 18ft at the street side-nearest the city sidewalk and just a tad under 30 foot the nearest hoop by the garage. My height was 10ft nearest the garage and 8'6 on the bottom... the nearest the garage is 2" PVC (elecrical pipe,grey) the 1 hoop nearest the city sidewalk is 1" grey electrical pipe and the 3 in the middle are 1 1/2" electrical pipe-grey.
  45. 2 points
    such a sad article, although I am a huge fan of blow molds and pretty much any plastic based product they produced, I'm an even bigger fan of American jobs. One point in the article stated that the Mexico plant had found a buyer and most of the employees have been called back, its tragic that a buyer could not be found for this plant and those guys get called back, new products developed, raises, 401k, etc. I wonder if the primary investors were tired of loss? tired of holding stock? Made the money they wanted? was the plant in poor condition, machinery out of date with little or no replacement parts available? We may never know, but what we do know is (as the article states) over a hundred employees are wondering what to do, how to pay the bills, etc. Like I stated above I'm a huge fan of blow molds, I love them for most any holiday, They have a "old time" feel to them and I reflect on my grandparents decorations from days gone by. Let us not forget the people who lost their way of life with this closing, pray for their guidance through difficult times (if any should arise from this) and even though it sounds silly, or childish, look at all of your vast mold collection (or small one like mine) and take this into consideration, someone, paid their rent making that candle, someone bought their first car making that Nativity set, someone bought groceries making the camel that you are so proud of. Not sure about you guys but each and every piece in my collection has a story to tell, that I didn't hear before, and what I took for granted with the "I'll just buy another one" attitude, just got a little more sacred to me. Im sure there will be an out pour of new molds from various companies in the near future, and that's great....but they most likely wont have American blood, sweat and tears embedded in each and every one of them. Well, I have ranted long enough, my wife says I let the closing get to me because it happened a few states over and because Christmas was involved. Thanks for reading...Don
  46. 2 points
    Good to know a millionaire on here:)
  47. 2 points
    It appears they are talking with a possible buyer...Stay tuned... https://pilotonline.com/business/general-foam-plastics-to-close-norfolk-and-n-c-factories/article_f9601fbf-fd24-5c79-8b7d-3233bf1f074b.html
  48. 2 points
    Richard, there may be some interest in the aluminum molds but will there be anyone interested enough to pay a decent price for them. There are some of us that watched what new items GF came out with the past few years and immediately knew we would never add any of them to our collections or displays, especially the flat modernistic ones. Whatever happened to the happy, cheerful holiday blow mold designs that brightened our neighborhoods up until the early 2000's? In my opinion General Foam did their share of bringing their demise in the plastic business by going to the modernistic and LED lighted items out at the expense of the traditional cheerful designs that make people happy. I don't know if GF still has the Beco molds in their inventory or if possibly they don't exist anymore, but if they do I wonder if they had produced some of those like the 30" boy & girl "Angel Singers" or the 30" Choir singers would they have been successful with the stores buying them and what about the 22" ones? I doubt they would have gotten enough orders for the 40" ones though because of the high price they would have to get for them. Possibly they just thought that the younger generations wouldn't have any interest in the happy cheerful designs anymore and only want modernistic boring looking designs in there yards now. I have not taken pictures of our collection of 30" Beco choir and angel singers yet so I can not include links to most of them. http://blow-molded.com/Beco___Angels.html http://blow-molded.com/Beco___Carol_%26_Choir.html Mel
  49. 2 points
    same thought crossed my mind too
  50. 2 points
    I used Krylon Fusion for plastic paint. Works very well to let the light shine through.
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