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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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  1. I know that many blow mold collectors such as myself collect Poloron's styrofoam "Vaccuel" decorations because of the art style and company realtion, but are there any other Vacuform fans out there? Vacuform deocrations are like a step down from the celluloid molds of the 50s and 60s. They have no back or light, are more brittle, and are not more than a few inches deep. The earliest ones I can find were produced by Star Band Co. in their 1970 halloween catalog listed along with their celluloid blow molds. They exploded in popularity in the 70s and were usually halloween themed, but were unfortunately seldom marked with a manufacturer or date. Empire put their foot in the ring in 1984 with their halloween Vacuforms. Popularity would continue into the early 90s and fizzle out by the early 2000s. Halloween ones from classic pumpkins to the Creature from the Black Lagoon were produced, but christmas ones were seldom seen and were usually simple snowman or santa faces. I'm trying to document these decorations before norw end up in the garbage due to their low presumed value and brittleness. Does anyone have any to show off? None of these are mine, these are examples from around the internet. The first image is the Celluloid blow mold page of the 1970 Star Band Halloween Catalog. The scarecrow is a vacuform, and the rest on the page were available in unlit, no backing, Vacuform versions.
  2. It's so funny that after GF closed and there were no companies left, a ton of new companies popped up. Cado, Pan Asian, Gemmy... Who made these? They look like Gemmy's art style but the wrong type of plastic. Are these Pan Asian or has a fourth company now thrown it's hat in the ring?
  3. Who's making this stuff? Are these by Pan Asian? I picked up all the giant christmas lights as well as the 36 inch santa with bell that Home Depot had last year, I'm hoping to get the 36 inch snowman counterpart this year. The art style of this stuff looks exactly the same, especially the Santa and Snowman. It could be like what Walmart did with Pan Asian last year. My guess is Home Depot had exclusive distribution rights to the oversize light bulbs, so they were reworked with a different base (the ones you see here) for Walmart to legally be a different product. With how similar that Santa and Snowman are to the ones Home Depot had last year, the same thing could have happened with them - making slight changes to legally be able to sell them to another retailer. The nativity, sleigh sign, and bear look entirely new though.
  4. Looking for a commercial that aired during a broadcast of the Rankin Bass Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in the early 90s. I had it on a VHS tape (that I still own) that was recorded off TV in southern Ontario. I think it was recorded off of a Canadian channel, not an American signal, as it had many commercials for Canadian only stores (Eaton's, Hudson's Bay, Etc.) I think it was recorded off CBC. The commercial started out with the camera facing out a window, looking onto a set of a snowy field at night full of lit christmas trees. The camera panned over to a table trimmed with garland beside it. On the table was various Rudolph merchandise, mostly animated plush toys of various sizes, the biggest of which was about 15" tall. The camera zoomed in on each item as an off screen narrator described it. The merchandise didn't appear to be legally liscensed by Rankin Bass in any way, but was definitely created in it's likeness. So why do I have the tape still but not the commercial? As a kid I had Automonophobia - a fear of animatronics/simulated life. Mixed with the creepy piano music, old-school narrator, poor camera quality and uncomfortably close camera angles, this was the perfect storm to terrify 2 year old me. Around the time I was 4 I got so freaked out thay my mom was tired of fast forwarding the commercial every time (I watched this tape alot, not just at christmas) and I told her to tape it over. So now the commercial cuts out after 3 seconds (the window scene) and is taped over by a hockey game. About a minute later it comes back to a Lego commercial (more on that later.) As far as I can tell, the first liscensed animated Rudolph wasn't made until 2004. This backs up my theory that it was unliscenesed. The first unliscenesed one made by Gemmy (the manufacturer whose products most resemble those in the ad) wasn't made until 1998. It isn't the 1994 Rudolph plush from Applause Inc either, as that one never moved like the one in the commercial. In fact, I have no idea who made this thing or what year it was made in, which is making research incredibly difficult. I traced a Noma Ornamotion tree ornament commercial to 1992, however I also traced the aforementioned Eaton's commercial to 1993, and a Dristan Cold and Sinus comemrcial to 1994. The Lego commercial seems to only have aired in 1992. Additionally, I found an off-air recording of How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Youtube, recorded from CBC on December 18th, 1992. It has many of the same commercials/bumpers, including the Lego commercial. I think that the Rudolph special on my tape aired during the same block or week as the Grinch special, and that the person who uploaded the Eaton's commercial had it dated 1993 due to that being the year written on their tape, even though the commercial could have aired in both 1992 and 1993. I also beleive the same thing happened with the Dristan commercial, coming out in late 1992 and lasting until early 1994 (commercials used to have longer runs) with the uploader's tape being labeled Jan/Feb 1994. So this brings me to a hypothesized year of 1992. I theorize that the commercial was an infomercial for phone order Rudolph merchandise sold in southern Ontario that was not legally tied to Rankin Bass but made in it's likeness, airing on CBC in December 1992. The fact that the animated figure was phone order only would make it rare, hence why there isn't a figure matching it's description online. If anybody remembers this ad, recorded christmas specials from Canadian TV in the early 90s, or had an animated figure matching this description in the early 90s, please let me know. Thanks, I know it was a long read
  5. Probably Cado like the Nativity. Cado's molds they got from Union are still stamped Union.
  6. They look very similar to the style of the Gemmy molds.
  7. Last month I posted my photos of the ALF.CO choir children I got for a steal. 3 of the 6 full body ones, 2 of the 6 angels, and all 3 of the super rare half bodies. The only known photo of the half bodies is one of the Bronner's showroom in 1961. The person I got these from got them in "rual central Michigan" (near Bronners). They are stamped 1960 (ALF stamped exact years unto their actual individual blow molds), a year before the photo was taken. Given all that and their extremely limited production, chances are they are the half body carolers in the photo, and the other carolers/angels are from Bronners too. They are so elusive I am thinking they may have been Bronners exclusive, even old ALF ads only list the full bodies. In the aforementioned photo, they are attached to a choir box they were presumablely origingally were sold with. After attemps to acquire the original choir box from Bronners (which they still have) were unsuccessful, this christmas a family member was kind enough to follow the photo and build me an exact replica for the choir children! Here it is with the caroler children attached and with the three full body children I have in front of it.
  8. Did Garrison Wagner actually make some of their own products? I was under the impression they were just a distributor. I just always assumed these were early GP because as far as I know, no other company made these large municipals in this style. If these are GW produced or made by another more obscure company, that would be really neat!
  9. My only advice is steer clear of ebay. Yes you can rarely get a score, but people seem to think 10 year old nativity sets are worth as much as 50 year old ones. Try craigslist, flea markets, snd yard sales. Antique and thrift stores are always a good bet too. As far as price range, it all depends on the manufacturer and style. There are nativity sets worth 20 dollars a figure, and there are nativity sets worth 100 dollars a figure. As long as you get the whole holy family for about 50 bucks or less, then it doesn't matter the manufacturer or model, you've probably paid less than what it's worth.
  10. I dont have one, but as far as fiding the small style stained glass ones go they're pretty commom for a municipal. Only the bells are really easier to find, that color of that lantern is probably the secons easiest thing to find in the municipal blow mold world, so you probably won't have too much trouble. Good luck!
  11. Those are municipal blow molds. There were generally three types of plastic used over the years for blow molds. Hard molded rubbber (usually unlit), celluloid (thin plastic like these faces) and regular plastic used commonly. These ones in the photos were made for commercial use, meaning they would have been displayed in city streets or in department stores. Most likely manufactured by General Plastics of Marion, Indiana (not to be confused with General Foam Plastics from Norfolk, Virginia.) They are hard to find and usually pretty pricey, as business would through away what they no longer need unlike a household which may keep blow molds for sentimental reasons.
  12. General Plastics by the looks of it. Mid 50s most likely.
  13. Both usually marked their molds, its also the wrong art style. Im thinking early TPI because this is listed in Quebec (TPI's factory was too) and they didnt mark their early molds.
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