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  • 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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Everything posted by MattKat

  1. Nice! That's awesome! These are brand new too, but they don't have their bags. The bottoms have no scratches though, so they're still in pretty decent shape.
  2. The bottom copyright stamp says 2003. I'm glad I picked these guys up! They're made with a shiny/glossy kind of plastic, not the regular flat white we're used to. You can see in the pictures how amazing the paint job is, it's so evenly distributed, I don't think I've ever seen a blow mold this nicely painted before! He's even got the push-in eyes too, not painted on! Haha, these guys are pretty cool! Now I gotta figure out where to put them or what to do with them... but they look cool though!
  3. Ooohh, well I'm asking because I found a couple of them and was wondering if I should grab them or not. Seems like I should then.
  4. Thanks for the info. What would be an average price for one of them, or what would a reasonable price for me to pay for one?
  5. How hard is it to find the Union Santa that's carrying a yellow bag over his right shoulder? I can't seem to find a picture of it to post to help, but hopefully someone else might have one they can share.
  6. http://www.americansale.com/Products/Outdoor-Lighted-Blow-Molded-Life-Sized-Nativity-4-Piece-Set__896214.aspx I couldn't find the rest of the set on their site though.
  7. How was American Sale on molds this year? I wanted to go get the snowman with the wreath if they still had some. I'd like to see the pictures too if you could post them.
  8. Un-be-lie-va-ble. That is just AMAZING!!! Like I say with every display you post, the details are perfect, so well thought out! GREAT job!
  9. This is my snowman. He came with seven C7s strung down the middle. I actually don't really need the floodlights on him, but I haven't gotten around to rewiring the internal lights for LOR yet, and I just like the way the floods look on him anyway.
  10. Awwwwww! Nooo! I loved your Thanksgiving display last year! I was looking forward to seeing it again this year! It looked so nice.
  11. I use LOR, so I actually was planning on putting a couple on him. Good to know it looks ok.
  12. I got them at the FIM store in Arlington Heights. They only had 3 bags left and it cost, get this, 54 cents total for all three! I had to think about it while I looked around the rest of the store, but I figured for less than a dollar for all three, I could make some little table decoration flower pots or something with them... The holes are too big for a C7, but if I want, I can make them fit. I'll find something to do with them. lol
  13. Can you order just the fans from yardinflatables? We have a store around here that sells the Santa & Snowman and I wouldn't have to pay for shipping for the inflatable that way, just for the fan.
  14. Oh, ok. Yeah, I don't see a little computer fan doing the greatest job with a 20' snowman. Does anyone have one that still uses the original fan that can report on how well it keeps it inflated?
  15. Is the fan on yours a 12 volt one? I've seen some on ebay that all say they've got 12V blowers. How do the lights look in yours? The ebay ones also say they're equipped with 6 minis in them and I can't imagine them being all that bright... Thanks!
  16. I guess they loose stuff pretty easily & for a LONG time there... I dont know what to do with them, but I figured they were there, they were Empire, they're mine! I just thought it was neat to see something from Empire in a store still. Now I'm afraid to open them!
  17. So... long story short, since the long story got deleted when the page randomly closed which just succeded in making me even MORE angry about this whole situation... One of the arms of the Empire (not mechanical) Santa that I'm restoring mysteriously rolled out of the attic and bounced onto the garage floor, knocking a bunch of pieces out of his furry cuff and extending the cracks that were already there even further around his wrist while I was outside taking down Halloween decorations. So now there are pieces missing from the very top of his hat, one arm's cuff, and another arm's joining end. I DO have all of the pieces though, but the hat ones were glued together in a failed attempt to fix that hole and then became too big to fit in the hole. That failed, because the glue (locktite for plastics) chipped off as soon as it dried. I tried using that same glue on the large crack down his beard, but it did the same thing. What should I use to glue pieces back in and seal cracks, because I'm having issues here! lol I also am having a hard time stripping the Empire paint off of him, let alone trying to do it without breaking him even more, so if anyone has some tips on that, those would be appreciated just as much! I'm using the 3M stripper. I'm extremely frustrated with this project so far, but I still DO believe that I can, at some point, return him to his original beauty, so I'm not giving up! I'll try to get some pictures of the other damages when I have some more time, but not right now. Thanks in advance for any help!
  18. I actually thinking the same thing the other day too! I was going to start a thread asking for old pictures of displays and blow molds from way back when.
  19. After some poking around on Bronner's website, I have come to the conclusion that... THEY STILL MAKE HIM!!! Except it's a 15 foot fiberglass version, not an 18' styrofoam one. So he MUST'VE come from Bronners! This is great news! Thanks for mentioning that they sold them, otherwise I would've never thought to look there for them! I wonder if they could still make/have the parts that his is missing or are broken. I'll bet an email or call wouldn't hurt. I can't wait to tell them about this! And in case anyone was wondering, here's the page for them: http://www.bronnerscommercial.com/15footsnowman.html
  20. It takes him five trips with a pickup to transport the whole thing, and it definatley is a traffic stopper, you're right! They sold them there??? Theirs originally was in the lobby of the Binks Manufactuing company in Franklin Park here in Illinois. The problem is that... he broke it. If I remember correctly, he dropped one of the pieces of the bottom ball off his forklift when he was storing it a few years ago and I haven't seen it since. They never got around to repairing it. I actually have been wanting to see the damage and asked his wife today when I talked to her about the picture you posted, and she said said I just have to tell him I'm going to see him one time while I'm over at where he stores it and just start walk back there. lol So... does anyone know how to glue styrofoam back together???
  21. It took me a while to figure out where I'd seen that snowman before, and then realized one used to sit outside my bedroom window! This is the only good picture of my neigbor's that I have, I just quickly scanned it out of the Chicago decoration book. As you can see, his is missing a the scarf and the pipe, but you can see the hole where it's supposed to go. Vandals have stolen most of those parts from it and others have been removed so that they also didn't get stolen. I also believe that the holly leaf isn't on his hat either, I'm pretty sure it came off the last year he had it up. Good to know that there's another one out there that's complete, if I ever go there, I'll see if I can ask to somehow see those parts to figure out how to make new ones. Thanks for sharing!
  22. And some more pictures...
  23. I've been doing a Halloween Display every year, but this is the first year with LOR control. This year, I've got 32 Channels. (although not all are used) This is the third year for the cemetary, which doubled in tombstones last year from the '08 display, the first year, because I never got around to making the seccond set that year, and the fence was another '09 addition. I borrowed a bunch of the molds from my neighbors, as I noted in another thread about that topic. All of them are actually theirs, except for the pumpkin on the doorstep. We've probably had that one since before I was born. The "Monster Choir" as I call it, was actually a visual barrier intended to hide one of the controllers that turned out, in my opinion, pretty nice! It's all set to music, but I brought everything on at the to take the pictures. For Halloween night, I'm going to be alternating between sinchronized and static songs so the few songs I got done don't get too annoying. Hopefully I gave someone some ideas for next year. Let me know what you think! (I don't know why the scarecrow looks so washed out. He's just got a 25 watt inside and glows nicely in real life.) I'll get some better pictures and videos tonight.
  24. VERY NICE!!! I always love seeing what you turn out every holiday, your displays always look so beautiful and so well thought out!
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