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Merrymobile Guy

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About Merrymobile Guy

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    All of my Christmases as a child were magical. My mom made it that way. We had Elvis and Brenda Lee on the stereo and the red, blow mold lamps on the front porch. My mom was the kind who would put a necklace or a brick in a gift to make you think it was something other than what it was! To this day, my mom makes custom Christmas ornaments that are totally awesome.
  • Location
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Biography
    I am a retired Police Commander (29 years).
  • Interests
    Vintage signs, advertising signs, blow molds, sleighs, Elvis Christmas items, vintage Christmas items. I also own the only fully restored Merrymobile ice cream truck in the U.S. It is a 1958 model and can be seen on the Merrymobile Facebook page.
  • Occupation
    Retired Police Commander but currently the Deputy Director of Emergency Services for Louisville, Ky.
  • About my display
    My Christmas displays include blow molds, sleighs, Santa Claus Land Indiana memorabilia, Graceland Department 56, my mom's homemade ornaments, Christmas items from my Grandparents home, etc.
  1. New Piece I Picked Up

    Picked this one up for the collection. I like the colors.
  2. New Piece I Picked Up

    Picked this one up for the collection. I like the colors.
  3. New Piece I Picked Up

    Picked this one up for the collection. I like the colors.
  4. Gemmy ferris wheel replacement motors

    Charlie: I bought a ferris wheel today for 15.00. It works fine but motor is noisy. Does that mean it is headed to trouble?
  5. August Favorite

    Picked this one up last week!
  6. Needs A Restoration!

    I am thinking I need to restore this one before Christmas this year!! Needs to be in my living room and look its best!! LOL
  7. More additions tonight

    Added these two.
  8. New Additions tonight!!

    Good additions to my collection!koo
  9. New Additions Yesterday

    Mel, I checked and these are all larger....29 inch....so I assume 315 and 316?
  10. New Additions Yesterday

    New additions to my collection yesterday. The Goodman piece is in great shape. Fragile, but great. Amazed it has survived.
  11. Anyone Identify?

    Anyone recognize this one or seen it before?
  12. Small Addition

    Picked up a small addition today. Could never really decide if I wanted this one but what the heck............
  13. Small Addition

    Picked up a small addition today. Could never really decide if I wanted this one but what the heck............
  14. My yard's not big enough. Is your's?

    I've got a Chevy S-10 if any of you need to borrow it to haul.
  15. Bought These Today

    Added two cool candles to my collection today!!
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