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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.
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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • 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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MattKat

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  1. Was doing some electrical work for some neighbors that I decorate for and while in the basement following conduit from room to room, I came across these guys stored away in a closet.  They said they used to move but died out years ago and have been sitting down there ever since.  Obviously I asked about acquiring them and he said he's going to ask his wife if she's willing to sell them.  Apparently these are Harold Gale pieces.  Pretty neat!  The soldier has a blue top hat that he wears that's in his box as well.

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  2. Well interesting news!  I ended up speaking with the gentleman that put together this display and he said that he actually made the entire thing himself based on a Hamberger catalog page!  He stumped a bunch of us with his craftsmanship it seems.  He said that he would have loved to buy a prefabricated set, but the price was ridiculous for a residential display.  I've attached the catalog pages and some more old photographs of the decorations to compare and realize that the house is actually homemade of wood paneling.  What a neat display!

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  3. I'm not sure why the second picture is rotated but I can't seem to change it, I apologize.

     

    It's also worth noting that they look slightly brown in the pictures but they're definitely white in person, the camera just hates me I guess.  The lights also look much better in person, the camera wasn't cooperating there either, plus obviously some bulbs are out as well which doesn't help the matter.  Like I said, they look fantastic in person.


  4. Holy. Crap.  I just spent the better part of the day reading through this entire 45 page thread and wow...  I've actually known Darrid for a while now and have been a member here since god knows when, but never just really ventured over to this side as much as I should.  I went through a blow mold phase for several years and still pick them up as I come across them but I've sold off most of that collection and now and have moved into the mechanical/commercial displays... The good stuff!

     

    After reading through this entire thread and looking at the pictures (or what few remain) I've about doubled my knowledge of these figures in a day!

     

    I've actually got some super secret plans I've been working on for this year's display that I feel would go over very well here, but it's still in the planning phases and need some help.  I've been looking everywhere for the following types of pictures of the mechanisms in these units but only have the one I took myself. (Ironically while with Darrid a couple weeks ago lol)  But if anyone has any of their pieces dismantled at all, I'd really appreciate if you could snap a quick couple shots of the linkages and mechs inside and share here!  I figured this has got to be the best place for such a request!  I'm trying to see how the various motions are created and converted from a rotating shaft into the various motions.

     

    I love everything that's been posted so far and can't wait to see everyone's newest treasures to come!

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  5. So I just purchased a large fleet of municipal snowflake decorations, but ended up with quite a few more than I personally need, so I am selling off the rest of them.  I can only offer pickup only since they're so big and awkward. However, if you can figure out a method to transport them, then that's not a problem.  I'm located in the Chicago suburbs.

     

    I pick them up in a couple days, so I only have the pictures from the seller for now.  I will get much better ones when I have them in my posession though.

     

    *I'm also open to trades for other municipal decorations if anyone has some they'd like to get rid of.  (Preferably lanterns)

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  6. So now that Christmas is over and I took all my lights back home over break, my dorm room is looking a little plain.  So I started thinking, and decided that I wanted to make a wireframe type rendition of the neon signs with the school's logo that all the bars have downtown to hang on my wall.

     

    I suppose I could draw the design out on a piece of masonite or coro and poke the lights though or something, but I wanted it to be a little more streamlined and neater looking than that method since it's going to be viewed up close in my room.

     

    Does anyone have any tips or ideas on how to make about a two foot tall version of the picture below?

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  7. I'm not big with the inflatables anymore, I mainly just use my big 20 foot snowman now, (And might be selling him soon if anyone's interested) but I do service and deploy several smaller 8 foot ones to some smaller displays that I set up each year and rotate them through.  One of these was a 6 foot snowglobe that I'm going to be retiring and dismantling sometime soon and figured that somebody could probably use the "snow" pellets out of it before I throw them away/make a mess in my house if they lost some out of their globe for whatever reason.  I think Yardinflatables does sell new bags of them, but I figured if anyone in the Chicago area needs some, I'd check on here first before I threw them away.


  8. I really apologize for anyone who had contacted me previously expressing interest in these inflatables, some personal family problems came up that I had to take care of first and then I ended up forgetting about these after that had all calmed down.  Then when I finally remembered about these over the summer, I had issues with logging back into my account here, so that just pushed it off even more.  Thankfully, I am finally able to get back onto the forums now.  I do still have all of these pieces available if anyone is still interested as well and I am still trying to get rid of these


  9. Did anyone buy the 10 foot Lounging Snowman that was sold from various retailers last season?  It's the one that's laying down with his head on his hand, and I've also seen it referred to as the "Seductive" or "Sexy" snowman, but I can't find many pictures of them.  I was wondering if anyone on here owns one or had any experience with them as I'm considering using one for a side project this Christmas.  Pictures of them on display are also appreciated if anyone has some of those as well.

     

    Another problem I'm having with them is trying to find one..  YardInflatables.com had them last year, but they're currently out of stock, so aside from the inflated prices on eBay, I can't really find them anywhere else.  Does anyone have one they're looking to sell?  I have a bunch of inflatables I'm trying to get rid of, so trades are also an option.

     

    Thanks in advance!

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  10. Yeah, actually I did. I had a few defects on mine, but the seller was good about it and we were able to work something out. I also had to add a few new loops for tethers because I'm a little picky about that stuff. The main pair was placed in the neck, and I believe that's the worst place to put them, other than on the head, because if you put any tension on them, the neck crumples down and the head tilts. I also had several put around the bottom so it doesn't rotate. But again, that's just me. I am also looking into adding a scarf like the Gemmy versions have so I'll be sure to post that if I get around to it this year as well. If you're not majorly OCD about everything like I am, and there are no major defects in the craftsmanship, then you should be good to go right out of the box. I'd highly reccomend it, it's much larger than the 6' version. The seller is also a pleasure to work with, I will definitely consider ordering from them next time I need an inflatable.

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  11. I have found the original blower that belongs to the helicopter in case that changes anyone's mind.

    And anyone who is waiting on shipment info or quotes from me, I still haven't forgotten about it, it's just been really crazy around here, especially with Halloween coming up, so if you could just wait another day or two, I'd really really appreciate it! I'll get to it as soon as I possibly can and I promise you'll have them before Christmas! :)


  12. I've decided that I'm going to get the 10' Turkey this year, but for me to get that one, unfortunately I have to let a few of my other ones go. They are all in great shape. I've been displaying inflatables for every holiday for the last 11 years, and still have my original 2001 models, so I take great care of mine. I'm keeping those, but I'm selling a few newer ones that are either brand new or only used for 1 or 2 seasons. These have been in storage for the last few years, I cut myself down to only 1 a holiday, so these have just been taking up space. The boxes are a little worn from storage, but the actual inflatables inside them are in great shape. Any broken parts on the used ones have been completley repaired and they are ready to be displayed. I'm hoping the prices are reasonable, if not, message me and hopefully we can figure something out. I have Paypal if anyone would like to pay that way.

    I have:

    8' Soldier (Used two years) - $30

    (A very cold and windy December a few years ago broke some of the clips on the bottom but they have been repaired)

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    6' Rotating Globe (Used one year) - $35

    (Vinyl is a little dirty, just needs to be washed)

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    8' Mickey Caroler (Used two years) - $45

    **Apparently my camera decided to delete the pictures of Mickey. I'll try to get some more soon, but you can see him on the box for now.

    8' Animated Helicopter (Brand New) - $75

    (Apparently I relocated the original blower for this one sometime between when I bought it and now, so I'm including the one from my 20' snowman, which as you can see, works just as well. If I can find the real one before someone buys it, I will include it instead.)

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    The Boxes:

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