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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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Knight

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  1. Seller out of Indiana is asking 2-4k for them.
  2. Better pics and prices to come. The paint apps look great, rather small, but better than nothing. They also have Union stuff from the past couple years, the North Pole sign is back too.
  3. There's more SKU' s for molds that haven't arrived yet. So far basic lights and silhouettes. Trees etc end of the month.
  4. More pics to follow. There's the Union Santa they had last year, and a few Menard's Enchanted Forest brand small molds.
  5. $29 for the ghost, $27 for the pumpkin. They'll go on sale twice before they are 50% off after Halloween, but by then they are usually gone. I think I posted Menard's Christmas '17 with prices last November.
  6. These showed up yesterday, the pumpkin says Don Featherstone.
  7. Excellent paint work on those! If you have time, can you post what color red you used on Santa, I'm going to be restoring a Poloron whispering Santa and that red is perfect. Also, what is the flesh tone color? Thank you
  8. Knight

    GFP Closing

    I'm hoping we finally found out exactly what molds they've had all these years.
  9. Knight

    GF Bell

    And yes, if I add sand I'll be plugging the drainage holes.
  10. Knight

    GF Bell

    I drilled a small hole for any necessary drainage. I used just an ordinary 4 watt night light bulb. The other Bell has the hole drilled at the lowest point, I'll rectify this one after the season. The one or two times in did rain in mid November, I checked and due to the proximity of it being under the gutter, it didn't really take on any water. Next year I'm going to add a bit of sand to reduce the sway in high winds. Here in Chicago we had a day with 50mph gusts and they shifted a bit on the gutter. The added weight will keep them steady and end shifting. I'm going to use a small amount of silicone to seal the tiny gap from the hole I drilled for the light kit to end any water getting in. Before that I plan on switching to LED soft white bulbs so I won't have to worry about bulb changes for awhile.
  11. Knight

    GF Bell

    I lit mine with a simple C7, it's bright enough to me. I bought a couple last year, used a boring bit and made a perfect hole for the bulb. Oh and I knew others thought the same thing I did when I first saw these at retail, "I'm lighting those up!" A friend of mine did a shading of the "NOEL" from the Empire candle, made a stencil of it and painted it on two bells in white. Looks great. Pics to follow.
  12. So we can assume these molds were already heated/ torched at the factory prior to it's original paint application, is it necessary to do this a second time?
  13. Oh the Rosebud twins, yeah only shop there if you absolutely have to.
  14. Quite a few were purchased at regular price as five snowmen and four Santa remain. There is a bunch of candles still left though. There was plenty of overstock in the mezzanine the day I took the original photos.
  15. Paint apps are okay, much better than the GF slop as of late. These aren't that bright in person, looks like they spent a few seasons outside. Still better than nothing.
  16. I just researched the Beco corporation, apparently they were located a few blocks from my house on 52nd and Kolmar in Chicago. The sleigh and reindeer never traveled more than a few miles in the 47 years since they were manufactured.
  17. They need a good cleaning but I couldn't beat it. I'll recreate the sleigh and antlers in the meantime while I search for parts to fill in the gaps. On EBay they were listed as "Santa sleigh with reindeer" with no mention of the name Beco, which is probably why there were few bidders. Thanks for the comments and Merry Christmas to my fellow blow mold junkies!
  18. Thanks! I'll have pics this afternoon.
  19. On whim I browsed eBay tonight, and out popped the remnants of the Beco Santa sleigh and reindeer. It included the "jolly Santa and four reindeer. The reindeer were missing the antlers, but they had their mounting poles, Santa looks good but there is no sleigh. It does include the sleigh runners though. When I came across it the bidding was only at $51.00, so I tossed out a bid and won it for a few bucks more! I'll post some pics as soon as I pick it up. I was always interested in the set but the prices were way out of my league.
  20. Knight

    Light bulbs

    I use the same ones for various fixtures throughout my house, as you said they must have improved as those I have indoors haven't been replaced yet either.
  21. Knight

    Light bulbs

    These are the bulbs. They will be on an endcap by the ceiling fan display, or in the middle if the bulb aisle.
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