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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 believe those were also a Poloron design weren't they? Were they also made by Empire at some point? (I can't remember.) I had an old set of Polorons (like that or very similar) whose flames are in terrible condition. (They had full size household incandescent bulbs in them so the flames are very brittle. One of the flames is all in pieces.) I think that replacement flames for G.V. candles would be a perfect fit if they were available. The flames are red though instead of yellow. Maybe we'll be able to make flames with a 3D printer at some point. I remember passing up the G.V. candles when they were on clearance because I liked the Gen Foam type better. (Obviously I should have bought some of each!) TED
  2. One can only imagine all the "unknown" artists that created all those nostalgic decorations (not just blowmolds) back in the day! It's nice to know who a few of them are! TED
  3. It sounds like he's smarter than the average scrapper. I've watched some videos of scrappers on youtube. I saw one guy toss a perfectly good bicycle into his load of scrap metal. At $5 per 100 pounds (for steel) he probably got 2 dollars or less for it. Any good working bicycle would be worth at least 20 bucks! I saw another guy take a perfectly good set of speakers and slam them on a concrete floor. He destroyed a $50 speaker to get maybe five cents worth of copper. Insane! In any case I'm glad that this scrapper is offering the aluminum molds for sale and didn't just junk them all. TED
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    Blowmold prices

    American Sale has more reasonable prices on their blowmolds so I thought I'd post a link. Hopefully this will at least be useful for those of you in Chicago or nearby. (Unfortunately it's a bit far for me.) I noticed that the toy soldiers and the candles are $19.99 (which is a lot better than 40 bucks)! https://www.americansale.com/pages/search-results-page?q=blow+mold&page=2 They were even a little cheaper than Menard's! https://www.menards.com/main/home-decor/christmas/outdoor-christmas-decor/c-12293.htm?queryType=allItems&Spec_ProductType_facet=Blow+Molds TED
  5. I wasn't aware of that book. it's really cool that it contains images that you contributed! TED
  6. Congratulations on finding the Dapol lamps! I don't think I've ever seen any of them around here. The LED "flame" bulb(s) is cool! TED
  7. You are welcome! Hey Mel! I'm so glad to see you posting again! I certainly understand your point. A simple acknowledgement shouldn't be too much to ask. Oh man don't get me started about the online prices! In addition to the outrageous price the shipping is usually a deal breaker. However it does not make me want to sell my 'molds. Yep. It doesn't make me want to sell off my 'molds but it does discourage me from buying new ones. Most of the ones I've bought in the last few years have been used. That's not just because of price though. There haven't been very many new ones available! (We don't have Menard's around here.) I have bought a few of the ones from Kroger. I find some of the history very interesting. Sometimes I don't feel like I have anything meaningful to add to the discussion. I may not always comment but I do always enjoy your posts. Do you think that Kev might be open to letting someone help with the updates? Scott I'm in the South but we don't have hurricanes here in Arkansas. We do have tornadoes and once in a while ice storms. There have been times when out of state crews came in to help restore power. So if you've ever come down to AR to restore power, Thanks! I remember those being sold as the "fat Santa" at Kmart. I think maybe they were sold at walmart also but I'm not positive. Things usually pick up this time of year. If this thread is any indication it's happening now. I would change that bulb (at least if it is incandescent). A large bulb like that gets very close to the sides of the flame. It can cause it to melt or get brittle. A skinnier bulb will give more space between the bulb and the plastic. (You probably knew this already but there may be some reading this who don't.) That looks like a good candidate for a "plastic welding" type of repair.especially since there are very few missing pieces. TED P.S. I believe I set a new record with a "multi-quote" of 10 different posts at once!
  8. What are the advantages/disadvantages of the chip-on-board vs. the "corn" bulb? TED
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    MSL Industries

    Those are cool. I can't recall hearing of MSL Industries before. TED
  10. You can use a cable tie for a "welding rod". TED
  11. Since you have so many to deal with already I'll help you out and send Shane my address so that you don't get overloaded! TED
  12. Ah yes "Shorty" and "Horse Face"! TED 😏
  13. I don't recognize it but the style reminds me of Drainage Products. It also has a bit of a TPI look. Obviously these are just guesses. I haven't ever seen a carrot mouth before. It's odd! TED
  14. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob! TED
  15. I missed this part of the conversation before. (Bracing myself for a painful answer.) When you say Nativity do you mean the whole set (with wise men, animals, etc.) or just Mary, Joseph, Jesus? Also, did anyone buy the Santa's Best set or the Large set? TED
  16. I like to think of it as a tree structure. Start with the heavy duty cords (12-14 gauge) and put those heavy duty triple taps in line between them. Then branch off to your smaller cords. With molds you can use the "household" type cords. Plug in 2 'molds and another cord on the end of each one. Of course you want to be safe but as a kind of general rule of thumb standard sets of C7 and C9 Christmas lights have 25 bulbs and they use a smaller gauge wire so don't sweat it too much. I like HLE and have ordered from them before (great customer service) however, the best zip cord (aka SPT) is from Creative Displays because theirs is rated for outdoor use meaning that it has UV inhibitor in the insulation. This means it will last longer out in the Sun and be safer since it won't get brittle. I'm pretty sure none of the other vendors offer zip cord with UV inhibitor (which is rated SPX). Also, I would suggest that unless there is a huge difference in price order plugs and wire from the same vendor to save on shipping. And of course buy during the pre-sales at the beginning of the year to get the best price. The neutral wire should be the one with the ribs on it. The Gen Foam (and other brand) C7 cordsets are SPT-1 wire however they are a smaller gauge. The newer ones are 22 gauge instead of the 18 gauge that the sockets are intended for. Have you found the sockets to work ok on the smaller gauge wire? I am not knocking your method of making replacement cords but I thought I would share that you can get sockets that have the metal clips on them although they are not as readily available (and they cost a little more). https://www.nationalartcraft.com//subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=27&scid=27 https://www.grandbrass.com/category/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets-e_12_snap_in_sockets/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets/ I don't men to be a naysayer but I bet they aren't very bright! TED
  17. Some of those are nice looking 'molds. I think the candy cane, and candle 'molds look particularly nice. The mailbox looks pretty good too. The paint jobs look to be neatly done on all of them. It looks to me like the candle flame is not removable. I would think that the flame would not light up as well because of that. It looks like the manufacturer has (wisely) stopped putting glitter on them. Is that correct? (I've only seen these in the pictures so I can't tell for sure.) TED
  18. I think I saw that ad or one for the same Santa. I certainly would not give that much for one in that condition. I think the most I would pay for that is 20 bucks. The only reason I'd go that high on one in that condition is because those are harder to find down here in the South. A lot of people who aren't familiar with blowmolds think that they are all worth a fortune. They don't get that most of them are common and only a few are worth a lot. Here's an example for you. A very common GF camel for $110 with the description stating that it's rare. https://memphis.craigslist.org/clt/d/memphis-camel-blow-mold-for-nativity/7012518304.html TED P.S. That's a Santa not a snowman!
  19. That's a larger 'mold. The toy soldier is to the left of it partially out of the picture. For years and years that toy soldier (to the left) and NOEL candles sold for $9.99 just about everywhere (with walmart slightly lower at something like 8.97). Then when companies started going out of business in the mid 2000s prices went up to the 14.99 to 19.99 range. To get from there to $40 in just 10 years is quite a jump. TED
  20. I have a flameless candle or 2 around but I think they are buried amongst other decorations. Now if we can just dig them up at the same time......... TED
  21. I saw this story in the news. It sounds like an awesome family with very awesome neighbors standing up to the HOA! https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-family-told-take-down-snowman-because-too-early-christmas-n1082106 TED
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    Street light

    The shield would be a great solution. It only covers one side (25%) which would be the side towards your house. The other 3/4 of the light would be uncovered so it would still provide light for the neighbors. TED
  23. I wonder which candles they have. It would be nice if we could get them to make up some replacement flames and let us buy them direct. Who wouldn't like to have some extras? (I could use some standard GenFoam/Empire NOEL flames and a few GV/Poloron flames.) I'm kind of surprised that they aren't offering any other candles since candles are usually popular. TED
  24. I'm not a huge fan of QVC, BUT they are big enough that they can get deals on shipping so maybe something good will happen. TED
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