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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. General Plastics by the looks of it. Mid 50s most likely.
  7. 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.
  8. I've never seen anything like these. There was obviously more to the set, Jesus is usually an integral part of the Nativity When I say Ive never seen anything like this, I've never seen anything that even resembles the molds. They have no markings, which rules out mold craft, beco, poloron and empire almost entirely.
  9. GF bought the molds after empire closed. The nutcrakers were made by empire at one point too. In fact, I'd say a good 97% of GF's entire product catalog came from a mold created by an earlier company.
  10. Anyone know who made these? They look to be from the 50s-60's. Never seen any art style by any of the big companies at the time (RK, Hamberger, Silvestri, Harold Gale, etc.) That even closely resemble this. These are up on ebay rn. Thanks in advance.
  11. This is a beautiful video of Prange's Department Store windows in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1960. Prauges had a contract with Silvestri for their windows for basically thier entire run. Silvestri chipmunks on a log and forest animals really confirmed it in this video. Video
  12. So in a twist of fate and luck, I just accquired 3 of the 6 small ALF choir children, 2 of the 6 ALF angels, and best of all... The first time I have personally ever seen confirmed existance of the ALF half bodies! A photo of Bronner's showroom in 1954 shows 3 half body ALF choir boys in a Plywood choir box. Originally thought to be three lopped in half and screwed onto the choir box by Bronners, I can now confirm they were manufactured that way with the choir box! The standing figures have the date stamp at the backs of their feet, the complete set of three half body boys I just accquired have the stamps on their backs, which the standing ones do not. This proves this was not a custom build. These were diaplayed in a departnent store and never modified. I will update with photos shortly! The molds were created in the early 50s i beleive, but these particualr standing chour children are stamped 1959, and the half bodies and angels arw stamped 1961.
  13. They come with sandbags in them. Its genius if you ask me.
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