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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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  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

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  1. On 3/20/2020 at 10:00 AM, jshelby said:

    I am looking for wire frame clips for 1/4, 5/16 and 3/8 rod,  using m5 mini LED sets.  Looking for 20k each size. I'm not having much luck finding anything on line.

    Here's another source.  (I have no financial connection other than being a customer.)  They are one of the P.C. vendors.  I have found their customer service to be excellent.

    https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/wire-frame-clips/

    https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/combo-clips-colored-light-caps/

    https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/black-out-caps-for-led-lights/

    TED


  2. I'm sorry I didn't get this posted until now.  I should have posted it a month ago.  The presale at Creative displays goes through the 28th so you have today and tomorrow.  They have both 5 watt and 7 watt C7 bulbs.  The 7 watt bulbs are harder to find.  Most places only sell 5 watt C7s.  The 7 watt bulbs do a better job of lighting up small 'molds.  You can get a box of 25 for $3.25.  I know a lot of you are using LED bulbs but you can get a whole box of 25 for the cost of one or two LED bulbs!  They also have 11 watt S14 sign bulbs.  These are a medium base bulb (which is the size of a standard household bulb).  These could be used in candles that have the "full size" socket like Empire/GenFoam.  They could also be used in smaller 'molds or in 'molds that are lighter in color.  A box of 25 is $8.75.  That's only 35 cents per bulb!

    Here is a link to the sale page:
    https://www.creativedisplays.com/pre-order-sale/

    This is also the place that sells zip cord (green, white, or brown) that has UV inhibitor in the insulation and is intended for OUTDOOR use!  The pre-sale price is $125 for a 1000 foot spool.  That's cheaper than what most places sell the NON-outdoor rated zip cord for.  The plugs for zip cord are 5 bucks for a 10 pack.

    Also I should mention that Creative Displays has been one of the Planet Christmas vendors for many years (since the first convention back in 2003).

    TED


  3. You are welcome!  I don't think I've seen one of the reverse painted items before.  I forgot to mention that many 'molders prefer the Krylon Fusion paint for plastic when repainting blowmolds.  It's harder to find than it used to be.  It's not sold at walmart or Home Depot any more.  Ace Hardware has a paint for plastic.  I haven't used it personally but I've seen others post about using it.  I haven't heard of anyone having trouble with the paint wrinkling up however I know that if you put latex paint over oil on your house it wrinkle, peel, and fall off in short order.  But in repainting blowmolds all the old paint would normally be stripped first.

    I should mention that most of what I've said here is based on what applies to blowmolds so I'm extrapolating that it would also apply to the "flatback" items but I do believe the plastic may be a little different on them.

    TED


  4. In my shock over the HOA I forgot to comment on the excellant displays! 

    Xander:  There's so much to like!  I especially like that the Santa sleigh and reindeer are on the roof.  Other things I really like are the huge snowman family, the GenFoam ornaments that you added lights to, and candles/lanterns/toy soldiers lining the stairs.  I like the way you grouped the nutcrackers, soldiers, drummer boys and drummer bears.  Also I like the ice cream cone in with the Gingerbread items.  They look more "Christmassy" that way.

    Scott:  Your Nativity is beautiful and complemented nicely by the lamp posts holding the sign.  The 'molds on the outside of the second floor balcony really dress it up.  Your entire display has what I like to call "good clean lines" (one of the hallmarks of a great display).  I like the multiple shepherds watching their flock.

    Great job guys!

    TED


  5. On 12/17/2019 at 10:09 AM, Franchise_24 said:

    So just finding this thread, but is the E12 the same as a C7 bulb?  Same base?  I have the GF reindeers and they use nightlight bulbs, so I would like to have something brighter in them...

    I think the answer you are looking for is yes but it is not necessarily the case.  "C7" refers to the glass part of the bulb.  It means  cone shaped" and 7/8ths of an inch in diameter.  The size of the base on most C7 bulbs is "candelabra".  E12 is the same as a candelabra size base.  The names of the base sizes are Mogel,, Medium, Intermediate, Candelabra, Midget, and Miniature.  (Most "standard" household bulbs have a Medium base.  Most C7 bulbs have a candelabra base.  Most C9 bulbs have an intermediate base.)

    TED


  6. In looking at the pictures from the different catalogs, it looks like the uppermost buttons on the coat are white on the Poloron and painted over (in other words red) on the H.I. version.  However that could just be the way the pictures look.

    TED


  7. Hi Auntie Ev!

    Welcome to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum!  Here are a few thoughts on your Santa.  First of all it looks great!  In looking at the pictures I really can't see the red line you described.  My first thought is that you are probably the only one that notices the line so you might consider just leaving it as is.  If it is really bothering you and you just have to fix it you definitely do NOT want to try to paint over the red line with white paint.  If this was a decoration that was not lit from within (like a plywood cutout for example) you could paint over it and it would look fine.  However since the light needs to shine through from the inside painting over it is not a good idea.  You'd either have the red line showing through anyway or you'd have too much paint for the light to show through leaving a "dark" spot when it is lit up (or possibly both).  I do have a thought on how you might fix this with a minimum of fuss.  These plastic decorations are generally made of white colored plastic.  The "white" parts are usually unpainted.  If this is the case with your Santa then the question becomes how to remove the red line of overspray from the unpainted white area.  There is a product made by 3M called "Safest Stripper" that is safe for use on plastic.  Many of the 'molders use it when repainting blowmolds.  If you determine that the white areas of your Santa are not painted then you could very carefully use a little Safest Stripper on  a rag to try to remove the overspray.  The trick would be to remove it without getting any stripper on any of the painted areas.  By the way I'm wondering why you think the Santa was repainted?  (It's not uncommon for "factory" paint jobs to have a little overspray.)

    TED

    P..S.  Please don't be discouraged by the lack of replies to your post.  This is kind of the "slow season" for the forum.  When the weather warms up a bit and yard sales begin it will pick up!


  8. On 12/9/2019 at 8:38 PM, xenon said:

    Congratulations!  That's a great article.  It's nice that they included your comments on why you do the display!

    TED


  9. On 9/20/2019 at 7:34 PM, Irishbaron said:

    I have 3 candy cane blow mold and they take a 2 bulb count of c-7 for outdoors but all I can find is single indoor lights.  Does anybody have any for sell or know where I can buy them.  Thanks in advance.

    It's not clear to me if you are just looking for the bulbs or if you are looking for the cords.  Any store that sells Christmas lights will have C7 replacement bulbs.  (There's no specification of indoor/outdoor for the C7 replacement bulbs.)  If you are looking for replacement cords all you will find (in stores) are the "indoor" cords intended for the little ceramic houses.  Most of them are single socket cords but there are some that have 5 bulbs.  (I don't think you'll find 2 bulb cords.)  Many people use those successfully even though they are technically "indoor" cords.  The only difference between indoor and outdoor rated cords is that outdoor cords have UV inhibitor in the outer insulation.  Therefore indoor cords will not last as long out in the Sun.  In the end you have to decide for yourself and be responsible for the results.  The only way I am aware of that you could find "outdoor" rated cords would be to contact one of the blowmold companies.  That pretty much leaves Cado as the only option.  (There is Pan Asian but i think they are overseas.)  I would use the old cords if at all possible.  If they are lost you might have to use 2 single cords.  There is the option to make your own cords but it would probably not be cost effective for just a few items.  I'll put a few links down here for you.  (Note that the Creative Displays price is higher but it includes shipping.)

    C7 bulbs 7 watt:
    https://www.actionlighting.com/c7-Transparent-Christmas-replacement-bulb/
    https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/c7-candelabra-base-clear-transparent-7-watt-lights/

    C7 bulbs 5 watt::
    https://www.actionlighting.com/C7-Transparent-Christmas-Retrofit-Bulb-5watt/
    https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/c7-candelabra-base-clear-transparent-5-watt-lights/

    Sockets with clip to make your own (out of stock):
    https://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=27&scid=27

    Cado:
    https://www.cadocompany.com/division.html#downloads

    TED

     


  10. On 12/6/2019 at 11:47 AM, donna123 said:

    Thank you so much.  I figured my only other choice was 3.5 bulbs, but that was too much (43 x 3.5).  I wondered why my Walmart sold out of all silhouettes before Thanksgiving.  I bet buying an extra silhouette or 2 for $6.98 is worth having the extra bulbs!!  I'll have to do that next year!!

    I think the 3.5 volt bulbs might work ok.  If you replaced all the bulbs then it might not be as bright as it was but you could just use one to replace the burned out bulb.

    TED


  11. On 12/7/2019 at 3:09 AM, panther93 said:

    I have two vintage Empire Noel Candle blowmolds and I use the 40 watt LED bulbs.

    49 watt seems like a lot compared to what some of the other molders are using.  How does it look?  Do you have a picture?

    TED

    Somebody posted a video recently of using flickering bulbs in candle flames.  I was  looking on eBay to see what I could find.  They are a little pricey but you can get the cost down to just under 3 bucks if you buy a 6 pack.  I didn't do an exhausting search like I tend to do when I'm going to order so you may find a  better price with a little searching.  There's probably a better deal if you buy from one of the direct from China sellers.

    Here's a link to an example:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/352817176568

    TED


  12. On 12/1/2019 at 9:15 AM, Rich in Las Vegas said:

    If you go online and look up "candy cane" under Christmas Yard Decorations you can find out if your local store still has them in stock.  I just looked at the HD store nearest to me (~3 mi away) and they have 7 in stock.  There are 34 in four stores within 10 miles.   Check online before you bother to go.

    The other one is  the $40 Home Accents Holiday 42 in. Christmas Sign with LED Illumination.  There are more than 50 available in the same 4 stores.

    I also looked up Michael's Stores after reading an Ad in today's newspaper.  They have a nice looking soldier "41.3" Lighted Toy Soldier by Ashland" for $28 after the 50% off Black Friday sale and an extra 20% off coupon online but the reviews on the paint quality re horrible. 

    If you  GOTO the Home Depot website and search from the main page for "blow mold" it will show you all the 'molds.  When i was in the Home Depot here they had 4 in stock.  I just checked the website and unfortunately they went back up to $49.

    Thanks for mentioning Michael's.  I hadn't thought to check them. 

    On 12/2/2019 at 5:10 PM, mdpeterman said:

    Wow those LEDs are bright. A little too bright I think. I'll stick with my incandescent C7s for now.  Not saving enough power gong from 7W to 1W per bulb to make it worth it. 

    I'm with you there.  I still have a preference for the incans although there are some  darker 'molds that might benefit from the brighter bulbs.

    On 12/7/2019 at 6:06 PM, BamaSanta said:

    I wish when they made these that they would have made them so you could make them face one another and not having the bends go one way.

    Yeah it would be nice if the light kit went up through the bottom like the Empire/Gen Foam "scary candles".  I think do think you could display them with one turned "backwards".  I don't think the  light sockets would show too much especially from a distance.  If you could run the cord down through the cane on the inside that would help hide it.

    TED


  13. On 12/7/2019 at 11:43 AM, KC.Blow.Mold.Enthusiast said:

    Hello Everyone! I've lurked here off and on for a couple years now and have learned a lot from the discussions.  I recently saw that people are hoping for a bit of a resurgence of the site, so I decided it was time for me to register and contribute what I can.

    Hi Jen,

    Welcome to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum!  You've collected a bunch of really nice 'molds in a fairly short amount of time!  Like the rest of the group I like the candles by the fireplace.  The flames look like the Empire type but I don't recognize the candles.  I like the way you set up your Santa sleigh and reindeer with the reindeer "taking off".  (There have been many discussions on here about different ways to display Santa sleigh and reindeer.)  The little snowmen in the window look like they are laughing at the 3 large snowmen out in the cold.  (Of course who will get the last laugh?)  You've created a very nice well balanced display!

    TED


  14. On 5/30/2019 at 11:20 AM, RichardG said:

    Sadly Linus never made it to production.

    With apologies to anyone who has a different opinion, the saddest thing was the design.  Although the Great Pumpkin is never pictured we do get some sense of it from Linus's description.  it's supposed to be a large creature that flies though the air to deliver toys.  I always imagine him being somewhat scary even though he's delivering toys.  He should have a pumpkin head, a body with arms and legs (maybe slightly scarecrowish) and should be wearing a black cape!  That design is just Linus with a pumpkin helmet leaning on a pumpkin.  The Great  Pumpkin is not just a small jack-o-lantern with a slightly scary face.  i think the thing i hate the most about it is the stupid pumpkin helmet that Linus is wearing.  The whole design is terrible!  i don't have sufficient words to describe just how much I do not like it!

    TED


  15. On 11/21/2019 at 1:27 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    MS L Industries purchased Beco Products in July 1965 and General Foam purchased the Beco molds from MSL  in early 1970.

    Mel

    Oh yes.  I recognize the name now.  Thanks for refreshing my memory!

    TED


  16. On 11/22/2019 at 1:29 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    Donna,

    Yes, they are hard to the touch and they are heavier then regular plastic blow molds.  And yes, $39.95 was expensive in 1961, at that time I was an apprentice electrician and a union journeyman electrician made just over $4 an hour.

    I am happy to say that the ones in the picture are in our collection and last summer we acquired an original box for the set.

    I would speculate that those prices might be comparable to the cost of the fiberglass decorations that are typically sold for commercial use.  They are really nice items to have in your collection!

    On 11/22/2019 at 3:54 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    An honorable profession for anyone who takes pride in their work.  I was only in the trade for about 15 years, we bought a business in 1974 to supplement the income but by 1977 the business was giving us a comfortable income and I left the electrical trade and spent the rest of my working years with the business.  We retired in 1999 and have enjoyed retirement and blow molds continuously since then.  At this time our blow mold collection consists of over 1000 with very few duplicates and my real interest these days is researching the history of the blow molds and the makers of them.

    Mel

    You said it!  It's so hard to find people who take pride in their work.  I'm not an electrician but I'm pretty handy at it.  There have been quite a few occasions when my parents had an electrician "repair" something at their home and I had to come behind them and fix what they messed up.  The most recent case was a HVAC contractor that connected a large solid wire and a small stranded wire without even twisting them together.  They just twisted a wire nut onto the 2 mismatched wires.  Obviously it did not make a secure connection.  If you just barely bumped the wire it would lose the connection and the unit would shut off!

    Thanks for sharing a little of your personal "history" Mel.  It's quite interesting!

    TED

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