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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.
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  • 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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Merrymobile Guy

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Merrymobile Guy last won the day on February 2 2019

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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.

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  1. Thanks!!! Interesting. I bought the aluminum mold at the GF auction. Always wondered who made it.
  2. Does anyone have a picture of this mold in a catalog? Thanks!
  3. I have never seen this lighted piece before. It is a metal frame and the panels are interchangeable. It is about 4 feet tall. Santa is in there right now. The bells and caroler can be rotated in and out as well. It is double sided and will hold two panels at a time. Any info or history would be appreciated! Thanks!!
  4. Thanks! I have learned a ton from this group and it's good to have a nice find every once in a while.
  5. Picked up this guy today because of the kindness of a fellow member in another group. Friendships matter. I was thrilled to get it.
  6. Thank you Jeff! That is very kind of you! Kelly
  7. I was able to grab this pile of old bells today for 10.00. I am not always about condition but also history. Estate consignor said they were used in small town of Mineral Wells, Texas. I like em'.
  8. Mel, I know anything is possible but do you think someone may have taken pieces from 2 and used on a single piece? Mix/match?
  9. Many thanks!!! Trying to get the history now and will let you know. As always, you are all awesome!
  10. Anyone know manufacturer? He is double sided.
  11. I don't know for sure. We have had ours since the 1960's.
  12. I have several of these that have been in my family for over 45 years. I have been trying about that long to figure out who made them. LOL....They are 10" tall. Does anyone know the manufacturer was?
  13. Does anyone else have this municipal piece? It is a single, double-sided piece. I bought it at auction today. Just looking for info/history. Thanks!! Kelly
  14. Mel: I did actually set that one aside. For now...........
  15. Just to let everyone know, I'm the guy who is trying to buy several of the specific molds. I have been silent for a while on this subject. I was at the Tarboro auction and have since made 4 trips back to mark the molds I was interested in. The buyer has now moved them all to his warehouse and I will be meeting with them this Friday to see if we can agree on price on the ones I had wanted to preserve. I am not in the mold business but a long time collector. I can't stand by and watch all of them get destroyed but I have no illusions about making any fortunes with them either. I am a retired police officer. I have done all of my homework over the last few months and do indeed know what it take to actually produce a mold from start to finish. I have used some of the top industry consultants to help me. I'm trying my best to preserve a handfull of them. I can confirm the Empire Train has been preserved. I have also marked the carolers (along with all the heads) and there is one very old choir body there that may be the old Beco mold. I will know this Friday. The market just won't tolerate much, no matter what folks say. Too many variables. If anyone wants to help with the investment, give me a yell before Friday! I'm open to any questions you may have. Thanks!!! Kelly
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