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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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About Kevin Provost

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  • Birthday 01/26/1983

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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.
  • Interests
    Simple classic decorating, light-ups, C7/C9 multi-colored light sets.
  • Occupation
    Multimedia Production
  • About my display
    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. We have a new update up, finally. It's been a whole year already, almost to the day since the last update. Not to worry, there is no shortage of material to add, I just haven't had the time to be online working on the site. Hopefully in the coming year I will be able to put in more time on B-M. In this update we have a completely new section, Halloween Candy Pails, so be sure to check that out. We have a total of sixty-three new items added for this update. Be sure to check the Blog for the full list of updates.
  3. New updates are up, details are on the Blog. Special thanks to Tyler Scally, Mike Politz and two anonymous contributors!
  4. Hey guys, I am back, please feel free to e-mail any pictures you may have when you are ready.
  5. New Mold-Craft updates are up.
  6. We now have sections up for the hard molded rubber companies, Mold-Craft, Heller Industries and Artistic Latex form. The sections are mostly empty right now, except for a few items in the Artistic Latex Form section, but we will be adding more soon. Links are on the main page below all of the blow-mold manufacturer links.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Jim, That is the correct original light assembly, despite having the light kit hole in the back, it wasn't used by Poloron.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 painting of each area. Possibly plaster of Paris? You'd have to experiment with different mold making materials and make sure they can be applied properly. I have always wanted to try this, someday I will. I know at one time TPI used wax mold masks, (which would be very easy to make) but they left residue on the plastic that inhibited paint adhesion. I would imagine however that if you're willing to do a little extra work you could clean the wax residue off before moving on to the next area, probably with rubbing alcohol. As for the painting, they use pressure feed paint guns, not airbrushes to paint with. Paint guns are essentially a large airbrush though, they have all the same components an airbrush does. I have one and they are great, but are only controllable to a small degree (mainly paint volume, which in itself is very useful) compared to an airbrush which you can control down to a pencil thin line. I love using an airbrush because with the control you do not need to tape off every area. However, if I had painting masks I would use the paint gun, (has much more control over the paint than a spray paint can) you would be done in minutes with a perfect finish. The picture shows a type they would use in the factory, an HVLP paint gun (other types used are regular air spray and LVMP, which look the same). This same type gun can be seen in the Grand Venture image. The pressurized paint feed in the factory would be from a 55 gallon drum or a paint tank. Paint guns can easily be purchased, they have all different styles and price ranges. To get a look at the commercial painting equipment that the factories use go here- http://www.binks.com/ I forgot to add that the paint the factories use is an industrial coating. I have one quart of original Empire factory fleshtone paint. Unfortunately the ingredients remain a mystery, but they are highly toxic such as toluene, etc. The blow-mold is heated to a specific temperature to ensure a bond and then is painted. The paint will not bond if it is sprayed onto the plastic without it being heated first.
  14. 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.
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