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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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  1. Crazy how much the price has gone up for stuff like that in the middle ground of rarity. Poloron and Beco were always pricey, but things like that and the Santas Best Disney characters you could get for 30 or 40 bucks a while back.
  2. The buyer is gonna have a heart attack when this thing shows up in a shoebox
  3. Unfortunately, the piece on the bottom where the original stands connected is notoriously frail across all companies and designs. Rather than building a stand to connect there in some way, your best bet would be to somehow build a 2 in 1 stand/light fixture to go in the hole for the bulb, or do what I did which is tie heavy duty fabric red ribbon around each deer and screw the ribbon into a pole.
  4. Im curious where you got that door cover! I've been looking for one for years because of how many catalogs that one was in and didn't think there were any left around. How fragile is the plastic or vinyl it's made of?
  5. Im curious about the angel. Is it a tree topper or is it bigger?
  6. And Poloron, GV, GF, Holiday Innovations, and it seems each made at least 2 or 3 styles of it 😂
  7. I think they were just a distributor like Garrison Wagner. Everything in that photo is either Mold Craft, Sculptoris, GP or Noma.
  8. Woah, that thing sold for like a twentieth it's value!
  9. Thanks Mel, it looks like they made all 6 mold styles in either brown or white based on what Bill said when put together with the info you provided. I'd say we can put this deer mystery to rest!
  10. Thanks Mel. Is that the rudolph from one of the old Junior deer sets?
  11. Thats awesome Mel! Are the Junior deer you're referreing to as being for sale in either brown or white the ones from image 1 or the ones from image 2? They're different molds but both called "Junior" size. Thanks again Mel, this is great stuff!
  12. Wow Mel! That image is incredible! The smallest deer is the Rudolph in image 2, and the largest deer is a king size reindeer from image 7. That white Rudolph appears to be the Rudolph from image 3 painted white. Look at the legs and the face, it's definitely from the same mold. Do you know if they made just the Rudolph in white or if they made a white variation of that whole life-size set? That would bring the total number of sets from the Wiken era to 7! If they did, do you know if they made white versions of any of the other styles we know they made in brown?
  13. Thanks Mel, I wasn't sure exactly the year they moved to Port Washington. In front of Rudolph in image 7 it says "see three sizes of reindeer on back cover." Is it possible that they used the image with the 3 deer on both the cover of the pamphlet image 7 is from as well as the choir pamphlet? I believe I remember seeing an old ebay post or post here that said both the choir image and the image of the three deer were from the same brochure too. I find it interesting that Mold Craft produced three sizea of deer in a Bambi-esque style dotted with white spots like a real deer, and three sizes done in more of a comical and exaggerated christmas style. Whats even more interesting is that its appears both art styles were solld in all 3 sizes at the same time, meaning Mold Craft would have offered 6 styles of deer team at once instead of one art style replacing the other. It's too bad we don't have more documentation of the hard molded rubber companies. I've only seen catalog images from Mold Craft, none from the others (ALFCO, Heller, Sculptoris and Silvestri.) Even then, I've only seen catalog images, never a complete catalog or pamphlet from Mold Craft. I saw one pamphlet that sold on ebay a while ago, but there were no photos of the inside posted in the ad. We know they're out there, that's what makes it so frustrating
  14. No problem for the words Mel. The cover of the pamphlet I am referring to is attached (sorry about the poor quality). I believe images 1, 3, and 7 in my original post to be from that pamphlet as they were all together in my files and each of these images shows one of the deer styles on the front. Image 7 even references the cover, so I know at least that one cake from that pamphlet. Unfortunately, it doesn't say if Mold Craft had moved to Port Washington yet. I know a date of their move from Milwaukee to Port Washington has been something you and many others (including myself) have been searching for. I wish I could help. With the image you uploaded, that brings the total number of Mold Craft deer teams to 6 not including the lit 1958 set. I originally thought it was the team in the picture I posted of the Coca Cola building, but look at the legs and the Santa. Thanks again Mel.
  15. Thanks Mel. "Expert" may be my comical username, but I think I speak for eveyone here when I say there is no debating that you are the king of the blow mold community. As far as dating the ads, I looked through my files I have and from what I can tell the styles of Mold Craft's ads changed drastically around the mid 50s, but before they got some sort of new sculptor around 1957. If you look at postcards and ads from Wiken's residency with the company from 1951 to rougly 54', they're mostly color or b/w pamphlets with color covers. Around the mid 50s they focused more on ads in newspapers or Garrison Wagner. I remember someone here saying the deer pamphlet (the one with the color image of 3 of the sizes on the front) is from 1951. This would mean each team's original Santa would likely have come first because I've heard that was the same year Wiken joined the company. The Santa with the strung fiberglass beard has an ad that it looks like came from a catalog or brochure from Mold Craft. This would date it early, but not as early as the pamphlet released the same year Wiken joined. The ad with the two Santa's looks to be from a newspaper or professional decor magazine rather than a catalog because of the shipping info at the bottom. I went through my Garrison Wagner catalogs and couldn't find the ad, which leads me to believe it was in a newspaper or magazine. This would line up with the ad style Mold Craft used in the mid 50s, after Wiken left but before the new sculpts were introduced. I'm sorry that I don't have years, but many of these images didnt come from my catalog files, but came from my image files from years back. If anyone here on PC is the original owner/scanner of any of these images just let me know and I will be more than happy to give credit.
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