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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.
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  • 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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Scrooge

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was about 5 years old, I heard a noise Christmas morning about 3am. The noise was dad trying to assemble a Matchbox Car service station which was to be from Santa under the tree and he was having a difficult time with assembly, muttering under his breath that all the parts weren't there. (mom tells me this part). So I was in process of waking up my 3 yr old sister telling her that Santa has visited. Mom intercepted us and shooshed us off to bed before we got downstairs. Mom and dad remember the night of little sleep due to assembling that Matchbox car service station.
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    Minnesota
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    2 score and 5 years ago, my mother and father brought apon this continent a child, conceived in october, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal.

    (some men have OCD and decorate their yards with dozens of plastic holiday figures)
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    Making it to retirement then moving to a warmer climate.
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    Accountant
  • About my display
    Its a work in progress.

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  1. Ill just chime in here, relative to the sub discussion about crazy high blowmold prices. Craigslist is bonkers, and Menards mind boggling. (I don't tryically buy blowmolds from ebay. The shipping is a killer.) So, the blowmolds I use these days for my outdoor display are the faded, cracked and common blowmolds which didn't sell when I liquidated the bulk of collection a number of years ago. Since the sell-off I have acquired a few snowmen from garage sales to replace the brittle ones which had to be put down. With prices the way they are, and that I live on a street with moderate amounts of traffic, I can help but wonder if I will have a few snowmen grow legs and walk away this season. Over the years, ive only had 1 blowmold disappear. That was probably...ummm… 2007? I took a photo of the display that year when I turned it on so I knew from my photos that it was the snowman with his little penguin buddy side by side. On top of the simple feeling of having my display violated, I remember being extra irked that they stole that one. At the time, amongst the 90 snowmen in the display, I know I had at least 8 bumpys, and 8 giant empire snowmen out there and 4 or 5 of most of the rest. So, of course they had to steal a blowmold of which I only had (2) of. Couldn't steal a bigger common one...ohhh nooo. So, we shall see. I guess the one caveat, is that I have not spent 30-40-50-60$ each on these snowmen. These are 2-3$ garage sale finds, and on top of that half of them are faded and dinged. If (knocking on wood) something does disappear, its not a financial loss.
  2. Well, as a continuation of the 'brittle' saga... 3 days ago i began pulling the blowmolds from their storage area, getting ready to put up the display on black friday. Long story short, 2 of the brittle empire 48" snowmen that i was able to use 2 winters ago, just fell apart at the lightest touch. I began by removing the screw which attaches the light bulb bracket, but the slightest twist of the screwdriver immediately broke the plastic and the bulb assy fell to the inside where i fished it out. I ended up putting the snowman in a large garbage can then using a 2x4 to break the plastic into small pieces which i could put into a plastic grocery bag. The sounds were like breaking glass, and the plastic shattered into tiny dime sized pieces. The only parts which any structural integrity were the very bottom, and the vertical barrel of the top hat. Maybe the red paint on the hat shielded the plastic from uv radiation? These old friends will shine on again one day, when i acquire a garage sale blowmold missing its light bulb bracket and transplant the old 48" empire snowman bulb bracket. Ive found a few replacement snowman blowmolds at garage sales the past 2 summers so the ranks are replenished, and then some.
  3. Being a little partial to snowman blowmolds... im Loving the photo of the long string of snowman blowmolds. The variety.
  4. $ 999.50 for the set in 1957. Wow! According to one website, thats almost 25% of an average annual income. Based on the price i cant help but wonder...was this intended for the general public for personal holiday displays?...or is this more of a 'pro' set for businesses? I cant see mom and Pop spending that kind of money on a holiday lawn Santa/Reindeer display. House: $10,000Average income: $4,494Ford car: $1879-$3408Milk: $1.00Gas: $.24Bread $.19Postage stamp: $.03Can of Libby’s peaches, 17 oz.: $ .25Swanson TV dinner: $.75Vermont Maid Syrup, 12 oz bottle: $.33 https://fiftiesweb.com/pop/prices-1957/
  5. Ive daisy chained 6ft and 12ft extension cords from blowmold to blowmod for years, never had any problem as long as you use cfl (or other low watt bulb) bulbs. Granted, when i display over 100 blowmolds then i run cords around the side of my house to plug into different circuits. Never blown a fuse once.
  6. I see one on ebay, Cartersville Ga, (within 50 miles of atlanta) for 68$ make offer. Granted its more than 40$ at menards but less than alot of the ebay auctions and maybe you can save the shipping if you will drive to pick up? This way at least yould have one this year.
  7. Interesting. I cant say ive ever seen one of these in person. I dont see any mention of a bulb or lights, so im presuming theyre not lit up like a conventional blowmold. "Molded from a rubber compound". You know how rubber breaks down, dries out, becomes brittle as the years pass by. Probably why you dont see them around so much today.I looked on ebay and there are currently 3 mold craft items listed. The rudolph deer head and the choir girl look to be made of the rubber compound, and have light bulbs on the outside lighting them up. The owl looks more like a conventional blowmold and glows from lightbulb inside. A hand stamped **** wicken choir boy head looks pretty good for its age. It would be cool to have a few of these relics, but admittedly im more in process of getting rid of stuff than accumulating more. :-)
  8. the owl pumpkin blowmold photo in this thread appears to be the same one listed on ebay right now. Comparing the photos, i see a mark which looks like a pencil scribble to the right of the owls face, along with other similar identifying marks. the scribble is on both photos.
  9. The sellers ID is : Metallogics Hes currently got 10.500 items listed on ebay, so you would need to search his listings using: BLOW MOLD I wonder if theres money to be made by acquiring a few of the more popular molds, and contracting with a place to run your blowmolds. Then theres deburring, painting, light plate bracket and cord, transport, storage, and maybe more important than anything, a contract or network by way to sell them.
  10. Update to ordering a grinch blowmold from menards: Since my local menards was 'out' of grinch blowmolds, and a coworker told me his local menards was down to 1 grinch and a week had passed since then, i thought that rather than drive all over town looking for a grinch blowmold, that i would simply order one from menards online and write off the shipping cost to fuel savings and time. How simple is that? Right? Wrong. So, i ordered it and a week larer a box from menards was waiting for me on my door step. Curiously, the delivery person knew to put it at my back door. With todays door step thieves, maybe a good idea. The moment i picked up the box i knew there was going to be a problem, because i could hear and feel the blowmold rattling around loose inside the box. A box which was 5" larger that grinch in every direction. They had put the grinch in a box and sent him on his way. No bubble wrap or other packing. Mr grinch bounced and rolled around inside that cardboard box for a week. I suspected that there would be paint loss on the high points due to sliding around in the box. I opened the box and immediately inspected mr grinch (yes, i know im using a lower case 'G' on the proper name, get over it), for damage. Sure enough, the tips of his shoes, his elbows and the area under his nose were missing paint down to white plastic. So much for reducing effort of driving all over town looking for a grinch. So much for something safely delivered to my door step. No. Yes, im a little bit particular about blowmold condition, especially when ive bought new and paid 40$ (+ shipping.) Older blowmolds, acquired at garage sales for 3$ and used for my lawn display?....meh...a little rub or scratch is not something to get my undies in a bunch over. But brand new full price?...and destined only be part of my indoors display?... no way in h.e. double toothpicks am i going to be content to start out with a shipping damaged grinch blowmold. So, after contacting menards customer service on line, and driving to the local menards to ask about grinch inventory, and finding a store (via the phone) whoi had a few in stock, i was able to exchange my damaged grinch for one i hand picked from the floor display, and had my shipping reimbursed. I probably had 2 hours into the exchange screwing around. In hindsight, i would have been better off calling around and driving, rather than expecting menards to ship an item with some protective packaging. Bah!
  11. I just looked at the 'completed' auctions for the grinch blowmold on ebay. Some people have been paying 70-80-90$ for these, sometimes even paying the additional 8-20$ shipping. Why? You can order one on line from menards (39.99) shipped to your house (fees, tax and shipping 12.00) for about 52$. A guy at work claims each menards store is only getting 4-6 of the Grinch blowmolds. The menards near me was sold out of grinches last weekend, yet the Disney mice and snoopy were still available. Is there some sort of shortage, thus a crazy demand for these? Im guessing that since this grinch mold is the first grinch blowmold available, that long time grinch enthusiasts (like myself ) are snapping them up. No doubt gemmy in china will make tens of thousands more in the next few years.
  12. A friend of mine just bought a set of nativity blowmolds at an estate sale. He says they were marked 'Made in Canada' on the bottom...but nothing else. We were guessing TPI...but not 100% sure. Is there another Canadian holiday blowmold manufacturer other than TPI? Or is it possible that TPI sold the molds, with the TPI logo being removed but not the 'made in canada' marking? If TPI...were these possibly of an era before the Logo? Im trying to get a picture.
  13. If thats the case, then im sure he was very happy. So, does anyone know, or was there a published list of the prices of the aluminum molds? Is a smaller mold 300$ and a larger mold 600$ ? Or what What was the price range?
  14. What an awesome storage facility! If i had that space i might actually still be putting up the big display. So, im curoius...which of your molds would you say is the oldest?
  15. 70 molds you 'received' last month? Holy moly that is one large varied delivery of blowmolds batman!! Now, not to come across too nosy...but when you say 'received'... is that like of you found and bought and via a shipment you 'received' these?... or received as in a 'gift'? I can count on 3 fingers the number of blowmolds ive ever ordered and received through one of the forms of 'mail'. The cost of shipping is a buzz kill for me. I did receive 7 Union elves in green jackets one time though...when one of my buddies dropped them off on my back patio. He knew i was into it...and got them from his parents who were cleaning out the garage. That was my personal best receipt of blowmolds ever...not counting the ones i personally went out and brought home packed like sardines in several trips with my van. But 70 in one month? Thats like 4 years of accumulating at the pace i used to operate at. Ive always personally been more about the christmas display...but admittedly have bought and displayed and sold a number of Halloween blowmolds over the years. A couple of those vertical pumpkin stacks ive never seen before...and especially cool is the horizontal halloween pumpkin stack. The ones on the porch...are even more ive never seen. Like the little ghost propping up his head with his hand....sitting in the cement fountain.
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