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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.
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  • 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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Everything posted by donna123

  1. OMG.....You got the Skull Candle, I am so jealous right now!!!!
  2. Mel, That is terrible. I can't even imagine what that must be like. Hopefully the rain will come soon. Eventually when you see what Charlie left for you maybe you can post some goodies for us to see.
  3. I picked up a vintage lighted happy halloween sign and merry christmas sign. They go into a window or on a mantle. I haven't seen any of the blow molds that are on my wish list. I still check ebay and etsy almost every day. That being said it does give me a good laugh seeing some of the prices. Did you add to your display?
  4. It's been too darn hot and very rainy......thank goodness for air conditioning! How has your summer been?
  5. I haven't seen anything yet. The stores are still pushing "back to school" stuff. It's so nice to see some activity here in the forums!
  6. I think certain ones will always be in demand depending on their age and what shape they are in. The question about theft is something I think about. I guess it depends on your neighborhood, but I always secure mine and have them close to the house. I just told my sister the same thing because she has a Santa's Best Mickey Mouse that she puts outside every year. Recently the amounts that people are paying for Santa's Best Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are crazy high. I recommended she keep it away from the street and closer to the house.
  7. There is a 3D printed Halloween Linus piece that General Foam made. It is the only one that I have ever heard about. There is a PC member, Jordan Mills, who was lucky enough to purchase it. If you search back to 10/31/17, under the topic of Halloween, you can see his posted pics of all the goodies he got before General Foam closed. He says that the Linus is very heavy, about 20lbs. The plastic was not the usual blow mold material, so he did not think that it could be lighted because the plastic is very thick. I'm not sure of the actual height, but he displayed it on his front porch so it was not so small.
  8. Yes, I remember when another member posted about buying samples from them when they were closing and on the back was info about the color mixture. That's a nice keepsake.
  9. And even a Spook Stick! Mel, I enjoy all the old ads you post and can't help remembering how dirty the black print ink use to make my fingers. I enjoy looking to see where the ads are from because 99% of the time I never heard of them. The last one I recognized was Franks. "Spook-O-Lites" ...you just have to love the name for sure!
  10. Thanks, I think so too! I hope you are enjoying the summer and staying cool. ?
  11. I found this wonderful double sided Happy Halloween lighted sign on ebay. Unfortunately there are no markings on it. It looks just like the Union Happy Halloween blow mold without the stars.
  12. That is just too funny! The last time I searched ebay for "blow mold devil", in current and sold, these were not listed and then there they are posted even with the maker. It's so funny that you can spend time trying to find information and then it gets plopped in your lap. Well this particular devil head design sure seems like he got around. He became a candy container, window candle, candy pail and light string. ?
  13. The winning bid was $138.25. Congrats to the winner.
  14. I came across reproductions of a few TICO TOYS catalog pages that someone made into metal signs. On the page you can see the "Jr." size pumpkin at the top left and the devil, skull and larger pumpkin at the bottom. Also, on the cover page you can see the witch holding the devil's head. It seems possible that they could have been made by Tico Toys since we know that they sold blow molds that were lighted. I'm taking a guess here that in 1972 they did not use those red and black wires anymore.
  15. Mikeymatic, thanks for the information. I always get inspired to do a little research when I see something like this. I hope Mel joins in and has some answers for us! I have a couple of old catalogs that go back a long time, but they are Christmas. The earliest one I have for Halloween is 1972 Bayshore and they did not make the above items. Obviously the blow molds above are much older.
  16. This set was sold on ebay back in April. It was listed for $124.99, a best offer was accepted. Here you can see the devil is in the middle position. Maybe the owners changed the positions around. I would love to know who made these and if they came as a set. If these didn't come as a set then it is remarkable that multiple people would choose these 3 blow molds to wire together in a similiar way.
  17. Rich in Las Vegas, I think what got my attention in the first place was the bidding because many, many blow mold lovers do not like when a blow mold has been altered in any way. Mikeymatic, I never knew what those red beads on the old light strings were for until now. Also, I loved those flame bulbs. We used to use them when I was growing up. I remember the blue ones especially because some would light up blue and some would look like a violet color. Scott Rob, The vintage pumpkin light sting is amazing! Also, is that a window candle or is that devil head the same size as the blow mold above? Big J, Hey! I hope you're staying cool this summer!
  18. I found a different pic on Pinterest, but no info about the light string. I guess my question about the above string set being embelished is answered. That's a big YES!
  19. I copied close-up pics of each. Do you think that they are touched up by hand? Btw...that's some wicked old wiring right there
  20. This 3 string set is currently on ebay and the bidding is high. I am not familiar with this string as to who made it and if the pieces have been hand embelished. Does anyone know if this is original or not? The brows on the pumpkin don't look right to me.
  21. You are very welcome......good luck!
  22. Darn, cropping usually works. I don't know what you are using to take the photos. Would it be possible to lower the resolution and then take the photos so the file size is smaller without degrading your image too much? I usually use my very old ipad which has a terrible camera, but it ends up being ok for posting on here.
  23. You can crop the photos so that only the item is in the shot and not its surroundings or possibly retake the photos using a smaller resolution. I found that cropping works fine for me.
  24. OMG....this is so funny that we were just talking about this skull candle and 1 just sold on ebay. Too bad the face looks so yellowed
  25. I always watch for this skull candle and I have only seen it on ebay 1 time. Thanks Mel.......It's been years since I last saw this skull on ebay.
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