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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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  1. Thanks Mel Btw, do you happen to know who made the Skull Candle blow mold in the above photo?
  2. Blow-molded has them both listed as Bayshore products. Were they made by Bayshore and sold to Gen Foam or never made by Bayshore?
  3. Anything new happening with the molds? Any more info on the winning bidders?
  4. Try searching Stadium Horns, maybe you could use one of these......
  5. Don, where did you read this? I would love to read something about the auction results.
  6. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to post this. I went through each page of molds and appreciated each picture. There really was a lot to see. Your camera is really good because I was able to zoom in and read most of the labels.
  7. donna123

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    I can only guess about the many people who would want these. I hope the rest of us get a chance see them at some point. Can anyone tell us what shapes they are or if they are Christmas, Halloween, Easter or whatever? Update- I just saw the previous entry, thanks for the pic!
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    I am confused because weren't there many molds marked as unknown? How did these 2 stand out from all the others? Thanks for the info, it's really amazing!
  9. donna123

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    Thanks Don, so the mold to make 1 tire is 11,000 lbs?? Wow! This gives me an idea on how heavy the molds can be.
  10. Here is another awesome, rarely seen set on ebay. I have this set and it is one of my favorites.
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    I did a quick look up on MagicCom but didn't see description of the company. I wonder if they designed the mold itself or maybe the LED timer that was in the blow mold. I just found some info....One of the things that MagicCom does is take a product and make it more user friendly and more appealing.
  12. Here's a Mold Craft collection for sale. You don't see this very often.
  13. donna123

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    The Peeps I can understand because of licensing restrictions, but why destroy all the others?
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    I have a hypothetical question for anyone who may know the answer or just wants to give an opinion...... Back at the end of last year when GFP was looking for buyers they must have had a plan ready to be offered to possible buyers. This probably would have included everything from land, buildings, inventory, employees and anything else inside the factory ( not sure about debt ). If another plastics company was interested only in the molds, not anything else, wouldn't it make sense to go straight to the auction of the items? Wouldn't this be a smarter path for them to take rather than taking on all that other expense of an aging building, employees they don't need, etc. I read about the terms of the sale from Empire to GFP and many things were included like GFP had to agree to a period of time where they would lease the building and a few other conditions I can't remember at the moment. My question is....Do you think it would be a smarter, more cost effective move for another plastic company to wait for the auction rather than try to deal with GFP while they were still in business? ( Ok, I'm hoping that Cado or another plastics company will come to the rescue)
  15. donna123

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    Richard that is fantastic! I can't wait to see your pics! Do you know if the purchasers will be listed after the auction? I would like to know who purchased them, but I don't know if that is allowed.
  16. donna123

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    Yup, you just said what I was thinking. I have no clue how much these molds weigh and maybe it was too much to open and check. I wonder if what we see listed as "lots" is actually what the bidder sees when they bid. There are no make and model numbers listed on the info from the auctioneer. It just generically states santa or snowman or candle etc. How does someone bid on a lot without knowing what molds it contains???
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    I was just thinking that if an unknown mold was opened they would be able to tell, generally, if it's a lamp post vs pumpkin vs snowman....you know what I mean. I completely understand that they may not know the history or who actually made the mold because too much time has passed and unfortunately they had terrible inventory records. Even if they opened an old mold and showed you the inside I know that you would be able to identify it's general shape. Whether it's a santa or snowman or haunted house you would know from the shape. You may have never seen that one before, but you would know what it was supposed to be. That's why this unknown label confuses me.
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    I know the auction is in full swing at this point, I was just hoping that the molds would be saved from the scrap guys. Just a general question......how can a mold be unknown?? Can't you just open it and see what it is??
  19. donna123

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    Thanks for posting! So many molds and so little time left. We need a hero to swoop in and buy them, I hope, I hope, I hope!!! I noticed in Lot #683 there's a mold called Season's Greetings. I wonder if that is the Empire scroll blow mold or the Dapol one with Santa's face. I guess it could mean the Snowman with the season's greetings sign, but that would probably be listed as "Snowman"
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    Thanks for posting this! This is a sight to see. I have never seen any molds before and I was hoping to see what they looked like. It certainly looks like there are many big molds on the top shelves, looking all the way down the aisle.
  21. donna123

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    Too bad they don't have "no bid viewing" online. I would definitly do that just to watch. I wonder if they allow folks to take pictures?
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    I figure even if half are holiday ones that's still a lot of molds. This entire process is interesting. I clicked on the Hire Us tab and then Auction Process and they have very specific steps to doing this. They do a ton of work to get the auction ready, bring in extra help, even bring in food for bidders on the auction day. It also seems like the rules for attendance and online bidding are very strict. Basically the only thing a bidder doesn't have to do is give blood. You must have big bucks up front, tax id, letter from banks etc. I can't even imagine how they would categorize all 350+ molds. I wonder if the choice will be all or none. I would be devastated to find out that all of them were sold for scrap.
  23. donna123

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    This is awesome!! Thanks for posting!!! 350+ molds to be auctioned besides everything else.....wow...350+ molds!!!
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