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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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready??? 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.

    Kevin Provost

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    • My favorite Christmas story
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      Dudley, MA
    • Biography
      I am the President of The Provost-Mahoney Company, a multimedia production and post-production puppetry studio.
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      Simple classic decorating, light-ups, C7/C9 multi-colored light sets.
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      Multimedia Production
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      Light-ups, C7 and C9 lights.

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    1. Hi!  My husband and I are attempting to repair a Poloron Santa we recently purchased.  I see that you at one point had some pics posted of the internal workings of it and I'm wondering if you could send me them to me....   we think there is a bar missing that we will need to replace.   Any help would be so appreciated.  Thank you!


    2. That's true, I didn't even think of the TPI Teddy Bear Drummers. And I bet you're right that he would take offers, I usually have had good luck with haggling myself. Hopefully somebody jumps on these.
    3. It is well known Seasons L.A. is very wonky at best and a very large portion of what they have listed is no longer available. A large list of good retailers has been posted before by others, but I will post it here again. http://christmasligh...mas-blow-molds/ http://www.greenbayw...od&productId=75 http://www.shopko.co.../c/550/1491.uts http://www.bronners....tems.do?nType=2 http://www.americans...73-857758e9692b
    4. Everything there is high except for the Universal Electric Snowman, #215, 182. That guy is pretty rare as far as I know. Mel's is the only other I have seen. http://www.blow-molded.com/Universal_Electric_Products___Archive.html
    5. Jim, That is the correct original light assembly, despite having the light kit hole in the back, it wasn't used by Poloron.
    6. I use wire spool ends. You can get them for free at any electrical supply house. Just go in and ask, in my experience they're happy to get rid of them. They come in all diameters. I bolt them onto the bottom of the molds with toggle bolts which won't pull through. The weight of the base alone holds through most winds and if it doesn't, just toss a brick or block on the back lip of the base. I like them too because it allows me to chain everything easily. I just run the chain through the center hole that is already in the base.
    7. Guys, I am not currently selling these, I apologize. I hope to offer them again in the future. For the time being this seller (not me) carries the General Foam light kits. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Blow-Mold-Replacement-Cord-Light-Socket-Back-Plate-Free-Shipping-/141145736390?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20dcf104c6 They are priced extremely high, but if you must have one they are available.
    8. I would love to see some photographs of factory painting masks, I wonder if there are any out there. There is only one that I know of from Grand Venture, a pumpkin eye mask, which I attached. The mask is mounted in a hinged sandwich frame so the unit is quickly opened and closed for speedy production. Put the pumpkin in, close it up, quick pass with the spray gun, open it up, pop the pumpkin out, repeat. I am sure it would be doable enough to make a simple mask, just take the item you want a mask for and make a thin mold from it with a material that would be easily cut to allow the pa
    9. If you're looking for information on what is still made, or what isn't, when it was, etc., check Blow-Molded. That's one of the reasons we created it. Even if you don't see something on there you're looking for, if you e-mail us we usually will have the information on it.
    10. The paint used is highly toxic. I have no problem with less toxic paints being used or the EPA being strict about the toxic paint, there's still way too much polluting going on. But anyway, I have a quart of actual Empire factory paint, and it's nothing like what you can buy at the hardware store, trust me, it's really nasty stuff. I brought it to a Sherwin Williams store to have them try and identify the ingredients and shake the can for me and the guy just about fainted when he popped the lid off, the whole store stank after. Grand Venture (Prime Plastics) successfully made the transitio
    11. General Foam never produced the animated version of the 72" sleigh, only Empire, from 1990 through 1994. One other one I know of is the Holiday Innovations reissue of the Poloron Giant Sled, #C33-1, they put a motor on the sleigh so Santa would oscillate.
    12. Erin, Would it be possible to get a good photo of the TPI Gory Halloween Tombstone (bottom right corner, first two pictures, one with the black skulls) for Blow-Molded?
    13. Mel, As you may remember that is the motor I replaced the stripped gear in for you. I wouldn't let the noise alarm you, all of the Brevel motors are noisy by design. I do always check to make sure they are not under too much strain however. What I would recommend is applying some good quality grease to the gear assembly. I re-greased the motor before sending it back to you, but I imagine it could use a fresh application. Take a small artist's brush with some grease on it and hold it against the gear teeth while the motor is running to get everything properly lubricated. Also, make su
    14. Here are our guidelines for submitting photographs to our website. 1.) Make sure the lighting is adequate, we cannot emphasize this enough. Be sure to set up in a well lit area and use your camera's flash. Images need to be clear and well lit. 3.) High resolution. Your pictures do not need to be massive desktop-sized files, but they should be of reasonable size. Eight-hundred pixels (Height) by x width would be minimum. We usually work with raw images sized around a thousand pixels (height) by x width, which work very well. 2.) Use a solid background that does not blend wit
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