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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.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • 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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready??? Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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    1. Lots of bulbs from china available. Im curious...are there comparable bulbs manufactured in the usa?...and if so how do the prices compare?
    2. Nice display. I like the blue snowman. Im running some colored bulbs in a few of my snowmen again this year. Additionally... Im especially loving the clarity of your outdoors photos. What is your secret? .. my pics seem to wash out. You must be using a 'real' slr type of digital camera on a tripod, with a slow exposure? I get too much traffic to be able to set up a camera on a tripod and shoot time exposed photos.
    3. 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 amo
    4. 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
    5. Being a little partial to snowman blowmolds... im Loving the photo of the long string of snowman blowmolds. The variety.
    6. $ 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: $.33
    7. Ive daisy chained 6ft and 12ft extension cords from blowmold to blowmod for years, never had any problem as long as you use cfl (or other low watt bulb) bulbs. Granted, when i display over 100 blowmolds then i run cords around the side of my house to plug into different circuits. Never blown a fuse once.
    8. I see one on ebay, Cartersville Ga, (within 50 miles of atlanta) for 68$ 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.
    9. 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
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. 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 do
    13. 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$. A guy at work claims each menards store is only getting 4-6 of the Grinch blowmolds. The menards near me was sold out of grinches last weekend, yet the Disney mice and snoopy were still available. Is there some sort of shortage, thus a crazy demand for these? Im guessing tha
    14. If thats the case, then im sure he was very happy. So, does anyone know, or was there a published list of the prices of the aluminum molds? Is a smaller mold 300$ and a larger mold 600$ ? Or what What was the price range?
    15. 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?
    16. 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
    17. What was the outcome for MerryMobile Guy? Was he successful in buying any molds at the auction? I don't recollect seeing the outcome of this.
    18. Im guessing that there was more than 1 Union Nutcracker mold in existence and used in production. Right? Does anyone know for sure? 'If' there was only one Union nutcracker mold, and if what is stated by Richard is 100% factual...then there will never again be a Union nutcracker produced. Am i getting this right?
    19. Since ive got one of these, and even have a box, i thought id chime in on the discussion. The blowmold itself does not have an identifying mark on it that i can find. The box is marked 'Lidco', with the contents checkbox checked for choir singer. I see the number 98091 stamped on the box near the checkbox. Is that a Lidco identifying number?...or a garden store inventory number? The sides of the box not shown in the photos have no information. I am not 100% sure that this blowmold was the original contents of this box, as i bought the blowmold/box combo on ebay a number
    20. You think this closing was bad...try driving through detroit sometime.
    21. My friend, who actually talked to the guy, said it was an 'all or nothing' thing. The guys pricing is figuring there are 1000 blowmolds, and that they must be worth 15$ each....thus 15000$. Sure, some of them would sell for more than 15$...but there appear to be quite a few candles, and theres no way people will pay 15$ per candle. Not only that, there appear to be quite a few commons, and i know from experience that its not guaranteed you will get 15$ for a common, especially if its buggered up a little bit. Not to mention the broken which wont sell for more than a buck (for the bulb
    22. https://www.indeed.com/cmp/General-Foam-Plastics/reviews?start=20 General Foam Employee reviews...a few common denominators in the comments are: low pay (no raises), hot work conditions, bad managment and short breaks. Souns like a sweat shop...literally. Haha. I suppose they had to keep wages down due to competition from mexico and china. More of the same here: https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/General-Foam-Plastics-Reviews-E763475_P2.htm
    23. Can you say 'brittle and crumbling'?
    24. A friend of mine talked to the seller...who stated a sell price of $15000. It would be interesting to know how much these really sell for...and if there are any rare gems mixed in the lot. A barn for storage...yes. Its mind boggling. Imagine the small fortune in light bulbs, and light socket power cords just to bring these up to opperable again. Not to mention the hours and hours and hours spent washing off the dust and cob webs. My back hurts just thinking about it. Haha. I tore down my 13 blowmold display last night in 30 minutes. (Were getting a 3 day above freezing brea
    25. 1000 plus blowmolds https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/for/d/blowmolds-for-sale-blow-molds/6443988204.html
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