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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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  • Birthday 08/29/1955

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Putting up the Santa Land display in my hometown.
  • Location
    Westland Michigan
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    Christmas Decorations / History / Gardening
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  • About my display
    Fairly small, try to change things up every few years.

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  1. Found them in the 1958 General Plastics Catalog.....
  2. I miss Franks So Much ! They always had a great selection of Lights and decorations for Christmas.
  3. So Kewl, Mel I love to see the vintage municipals ! Or this one from Marshall Michigan which still shines today. This pic is from 2011.
  4. Up for auction in Garden City, Kansas. 98 pole decorations with Garland Bells. https://www.purplewave.com/auction/180403/item/BU9669 Good luck to any PC members bidding.
  5. First off, I have to say that I don’t know much about them. I do have a couple of Vaughn’s “Holiday Creations” Catalogs from 1988, one of which shows the Vaughn “V” logo on the back with “Vaughn Display, Minneapolis Minnesota 55435” printed underneath. They were a part of the commercial catalog from Bronner’s who represented them at that time. A little more research provided an article from the National Museum of American History, (part of the Smithsonian) stating that from the 1950’s through 1980 they had quite a Float Materials business. http://americanhistory.si.edu/holidays-on-display/build-your-own-float
  6. I am not a traditional, lawn ornament, Blow Mold person, my interest are more in the Municipal ones. (When storage space is limited, choices need to be made.) So, my small collection includes; 2 Soldiers, 2 Candles a Candy Cane and a dozen of the oversized ornaments I use in some garland. I am enjoying following this thread. One thing that is getting difficult to understand is when the word MOLD is used. Some people are using to describe the finished product and some are referring to the metal 'form' used to make them. I believe the proper name for them would be DIE. ....... just an observation Don, I'm not sure the metal dies for the plastic products are as intricate as you describe for tire manufacturing. They are simple two piece units pressed together, the plastic is heated, lowered in and expanded with air to fill the void. Then the die is seperated and the plastic is released. Similar to this bottle making machine:
  7. Mel, You're right on the energy crisis year. I remember it quite well. That happened to be the year the local Chamber of Commerce asked me and a friend to put together the Santa Display. We were using the lobby area of the recently vacated recreation center (a new complex was built on the other side of town) which was right downtown. The City had put up all the street pole decorations, but none of them were plugged in. When I realized the pole out front of the building just happened to have the large round santa face decoration I decided that wouldn't do. I went inside, got an extension ladder, had my friend hold the ladder still while I climbed up and plugged in Santa. It was the ONLY street decoration lighted in the entire city that year! It is the one in the upper left corner of this 1962 catalog page from General Plastics.
  8. So Glad to hear the Good News !!
  9. I actually like the new look. I even chose the dark background as it seems easier on my eyes. When I come on I go to the menu bar = HOME -FORUMS-ACTIVITY-CLUBS-VIDEOS-GALLERY-MORE i mouse over Activity get the drop down menu for "All Activity" and it get me to every posting in chronological order, with the newest postings on top.
  10. The auctioneers have now listed the lots for the auction. The molds are Lots 639 - 691. Most are grouped together and not sold as individual molds. Several are listed as "UNKNOWN" so, sorry Mel, that won't help with any identifications. Most are just listed as "SantaS" or "SnowmEn" in a lot of 12 molds. For instance - Lot #654: 1 (LOT) ASSORTED CANDLE MOLDS or #662 which is really bad it is simply: 10 ALUMINUM BLOW MOLDS ON RACK: UNKNOWN . The listing is PDF, here is the link: https://secure-s3.serverdata.com/www.cia-auction.com/files/auction_catalogs/Genera Foam Day 1 Lot List NEW1.pdf I sure hope they do not end up as scrap. They could even be used as a base for a glass top table, definitely would be a great conversation piece.
  11. Way cool to see just how much equipment is there. I wonder how long it will take to get the "Lot" listing complete. Now that they are showing what is available, it will be interesting to see how it breaks down into auction lots.
  12. Here is a couple videos that show how wonderful it is when the whole Downtown gets into decorating ............ I think I even spotted a Double Decker Merry-Go-Round Enjoy, David
  13. Donna, As an example, here is a link to Orbitbid: https://www.orbitbid.com/ They are just one of I'm sure several auction houses with websites. I have bid a couple times with them, even won a few things. The point is they have the website to get as many bidders as possible, that creates more bids, which generates more money for the seller (and commission for them). You will notice they show all the lots on the website and encourage bidders to come for inspections of the assets. In their case, bidding is ONLY done via on-line bidding & payment must be made before pick-ups (no payments can be made at the auction site) What is nice in this case is that you cannot be sniped like on e-Bay. They call it Dynamic Bidding. The auction extends for 10 minutes after each bid past the original deadline, allowing active bidding to continue. If it goes for 10 minutes without a bid, the high bid wins. David
  14. Just found this from Jan 9, 2018: The company did find a buyer for its Christmas tree and kiddie pool line of products produced in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and most employees there were rehired https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_b7a7b044-aef9-5bfb-8fe8-15cb85ea8590.html
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