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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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  1. Alright kids, settle down. Remember, keep it positive, family friendly and Christmas centric. There's been more than enough fighting here through the years. AMD, remember, if you must ship you can just have the buyer pay the shipping. I have sold a few molds on here and shipped all of them with no problem, just make sure they're insured when you send them out.
  2. I know the color shade you're looking for. I custom mix my fleshtone, but I don't use spray paint, I use an airbrush. I do have an old can of Empire fleshtone factory paint that is the pinkish hue you are going for, but again it needs to be fed through a sprayer. But I couldn't find an off the shelf color that I was happy with either.
  3. Wonder if that was an original Poloron one they used for the photo. Would make sense they took one and repainted it and painted over the holly just to show what theirs would look like in their colors. Their copy they had made by MAC may have been still in development, so this would be a cheap early way to get a image.
  4. A lot of those are multiple duplicates, though. I believe this is the house down in the Long Island area, can't think of the exact location. I believe the member nymark313 knows the guy who does this display. Looking closer, this probably isn't the same one. I believe the other one has a somewhat larger yard. I believe it also doesn't have nearly as many duplicates, plus he has a massive choir as well.
  5. Thanks Mel, I wasn't familiar with the Sun Hill plates. I vaguely remember seeing Sun Hill molds in the mid-90's when I was pretty young at McCrory's, but I never got one so I wasn't sure.
  6. Going by the light plate it is without a doubt TPI, unless Sun Hill used the same one. The molding of it is unique, and they are 3" in diameter I believe. I have a 22" Pumpkin, #5850 with this plate on it. I do know this was TPI's standard plate for the Edison-size light kits. Perhaps Mel you can fill in what style plates the Sun Hill molds used, if they used the same one then it wouldn't matter as an identifier obviously.
  7. See above, General Foam does not own these molds, or any of the TPI molds so they cannot make them. They do own many other molds from many past manufacturers that are long gone, do your research and you would find many to petition them to make again.
  8. It should also be noted General Foam does not own any of the TPI molds. Nu-Dell Plastics owns them currently, or did as of the last news about the TPI molds.
  9. Thank you to all the following people for your generosity! Blair Melanson Chris Yansick Cory Clark Diane Krieg Elaine Fossler John Bialous Mark Zembruski Michael Caceres Michelle Fazek Blow-Molded is back online!
  10. You guys did it!! Thank you to everyone who donated! I would like to list all of you here and on B-M, but please let me know if you have any objection to your names being up on either site first. We will now be set for six years! Thank you guys, you have all been great!
  11. Only $10.00 to go! One more donation and we'll be done!
  12. You have all been awesome! Thank you! We now only have $27.00 to go! Let's bust the goal on this!
  13. Two more donations are in! Thank you!! Only $77 to go, keep it going everyone!
  14. Thank you David! However everyone, the goal remains to have this be community supported and our goal still remains at gaining enough to cover the full fees for five years and avoiding any one person being out on the cost involved. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are at $85 in donations, currently counting our anonymous donor. We still have $99 to go, lets keep it up everyone, please!
  15. This really shocks me that it has come to this. That's a lot of effort and work put into B-M for the enjoyment of everyone, including us who work on it. We do it for everyone out there, but it is a passion for those who work on it as well. But Mel is correct, show your support! All three of us have donated our time and services for free, for all of you out there. This is very rewarding, but when support isn't shown, it takes that element away. Mel has the same sentiment I do, if everyone out there is supportive, it gives us something too, if they're not, why are we doing it? That PayPal donation button wasn't there for show or personal gain, it was there for costs involved with the site, as I stated there. I never received a single donation, ever, through it. Not one. I had two people donate at the launch, when I was still hosting the site myself on .Mac, one from Carrie Sansing and one from someone else whom I can't remember unfortunately, my apologies to them. Since David has hosted it generously at his own cost no less, however, I have not received anything to give him. Surely something fun that also helps others is worth donating to? There isn't much fun in these days of general turmoil, Isn't it worth having something nice anymore? I guess I'm wrong. As I told David, all I can give is time to B-M. I do not have the money to pay for costs involved. I work all the time and am still behind on my bills. I am one of those for whom the economy is really affecting. Renovation work (which is what I do, with my business partner) is not paying well these days, but it keeps me going. However literally every cent I make matters right now. If anyone out there wants to see B-M return, please donate. You could all make a difference by getting together and each contributing a very small amount each. This shows your support and will keep the site going. I don't have much faith considering there are only two outside posters in this thread. But thank you to both for showing you care, every person who does matters. I hope one of you or several as a group will step forward and bring B-M back online. Please contact David! Immense gratitude goes out to David and Mel, and also the others who contributed pictures and documents for the site.
  16. This should be the set you are referring to (bottom)- http://www.blow-molded.com/Beco___Nativity_Sets.html These were new old stock, never before used. The condition is mint and the paint is as it was out of the factory. Edit: Unfortunately we don't have images of the wisemen.
  17. More than welcome to provide them to you, Father Time and Elaine.
  18. Here it is Mel, although the photo files are indeed extinct:
  19. Father Time, the link is now fixed as are the other broken instruction manual links.
  20. I am very sorry to hear that Mel. Please send on my best wishes to her for me. Those are the only bad links I have found so far, if you know of more, please let me know.
  21. Don't say that Mel, we need you sharp as a tack! Well I spoke too soon, I just checked a few of the files and some of the links are broken, including the Large Taz. I don't know why they're down, but I can't fix them until David gets back to me.
  22. Welcome Siravo! Hope you enjoy the boards. If you're that enthusiastic about collecting be sure to check out my and Mel Fischer's definitive all-things-blow-mold site, blow-molded.com
  23. Mel! You forgot our manual inventory on B-M. Third row down, second from left- http://www.blow-molded.com/Instruction_Manuals___Page_2.html
  24. The plate appears to be obviously molded plastic, not metal. You should be able to give this a twist and pop it out. It does have a rusty metal attachment protruding through it, though. I'm going with Mel, that it is indeed a Beco.
  25. Good to see the 2013 catalog, although some higher resolution scans would be great. Good somewhat to see some change-ups in the offerings paint-wise and also the new figures. I'm not sure I understand the Old World Santa though- they DO have the Empire Father Christmas mold which in my opinion is a superior take on the Santa of old. Why not produce it, instead of paying to have an entirely new mold created? They really need to do an inventory rotation, I mean really shake things up. Let's see- they have the mold inventories from Beco, Poloron, Santa's Best, Empire, plus their own... hmm. If they just rotated their offerings every few years with all of the old molds they already have, there'd be a lot more interest I would think. You have to keep it fresh. Another thing is none of the big current retailers will carry these. As much as people may not like Wally World, Target, Home Depot, etc., they're the ones who would make the difference in sales nationwide. The other obstacle is the economy, it's not getting better, just worse. I'm one who's affected by it certainly, I can't go out and buy these items new, as I'm sure a lot of other working class people can't. I haven't bought any decorations in a few years now, nor done a display, I honestly can't carry the elevated electric bill at the moment. Anyway, it's good to see General Foam making small steps, but there's a lot more that needs to happen to change things around.
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