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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.
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Kevin Provost

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  1. Thanks again David, your help is most appreciated!
  2. I have done extensive airbrushing on blow-molds myself and personally this is my favorite way of refinishing or customizing them. I did use an off the shelf airbrush originally, a Badger Model 140. I now have an Iwata Eclipse HP-BCS which is pro level. You can read up on it here- http://www.iwata-medea.com/index.php/products/hp_bcs It can handle all types of paints, including automotive. It also gives you the control of a pencil which means if you have a steady hand there is no need for taping off. For paint I use a couple of different paints, Createx airbrush paint, regular latex enamel and oil base. But I'm always experimenting. For all things airbrush, visit- http://www.dixieart.com/ I recommend getting any of your supplies from them. The best stripper to use is the 3M Safest Stripper. If you want more information on everything, please feel free to message me. The manufacturers use a highly volatile solvent based paint, the recipe of which is still unknown. It is likely a lacquer or epoxy paint. It will not adhere to plastic on its own, it requires that the plastic be preheated to allow the molecules to bond with the paint. I do have an original quart of Empire flesh tone factory paint. Here is a Poloron sleigh and reindeer I custom refinished entirely with an airbrush with no taping off except for the Bethlehem stars, since I wanted those to have cut edges rather than feathered-
  3. I use toggle bolts and cable reel discs to secure mine, all I do is set them out and that's it. I leave the bases on all year. The base is heavy enough to prevent them being blown down, so I don't need any weights and I can chain everything by running the chain through the already existing holes in the bases. The bases are low profile so you don't see them from the road. I get the cable reels free at a local electrical supplier, they're more than happy to give them away.
  4. I did have them available last year, they can be viewed on Blow-Molded here- http://www.blow-molded.com/Parts.html I don't have them available currently because there isn't enough demand to order them again at the moment. I have to order the sockets in bulk, purchase the plates and put time into making the kits. I just don't have the extra money to spend on it right now without a certain amount of guaranteed sales, unfortunately.
  5. Well I made it to our Super K-mart and I am very happy to report they have 'molds! Their really well stocked with Christmas decor in general. They have the Empire/GF 34" Santa With Gift, #C1534, ($29.99) the medium Empire/GF 28" 3-Piece Nativity Set, #C3680 (Not priced yet) and the GF 28" Holiday Penguin (Red/Green Scarf), #C3585 ($19.99). I'll keep people posted on what they have, they're still adding stuff.
  6. Here are the direct links to all the blow-molded items on Home Depot's site at the moment- Empire/GF Santa Sleigh Empire/GF Extra Reindeer Santa's Best/GF Brown Reindeer Empire/GF Nativity Set Poloron/Empire/GF Three Wisemen Empire/GF Shepherd With One Sheep Empire/GF Nativity Camel Empire/GF Nativity Donkey Empire/GF Nativity Cow Empire/GF Small Nativity Sheep Santa's Best/GF Nativity Set Santa's Best/GF Three Wisemen Santa's Best/GF Angel Empire/GF Child Nativity Empire/GF Child Wisemen Empire/GF Child Shepherd With Sheep Empire/GF Santa Poloron/Empire/GF Snowman Empire/GF Victorian Carolers Empire/GF Victorian Carolers (Black) Empire/GF Choir Angel (Black) GF Yellow/Blue Scarf Penguin GF Red/Green Scarf Penguin Empire/GF Small Candy Cane Empire/GF Black Lamp Post
  7. Yes, well I debunked that photo as you can see at the beginning of the thread, it's just a stock placeholder picture of an already existing keychain set. I found the actual set on eBay. There is no way that that is what they're making since it's already made. I agree that it makes no sense at all that they would call an ornament line blow-molds. It just doesn't. If they were going to make ornaments, I'm pretty positive they would say ornaments. GF only uses the blow-mold term for exactly that- blow-molds. After really thinking about it I'm still personally sticking to the conclusion that they will be making an actual blow-mold Peanuts line.
  8. I would trust Mark on this, he's ordered directly from GF so I'm sure he knows who to talk to about it. Very disappointing news though. If I hear anything further I'll post the info.
  9. Right here, on GF's main webpage - http://www.genfoam.com/index.cfm Just scroll down a little.
  10. I have sent an inquiry to GF about the exact form of the Peanuts line, I am sure they will let me know on it. I still highly doubt these will be ornaments though. I will post the info when I hear back.
  11. I'll have to check our nearest Kmart, it's a Super K, so I am hoping they may have some. I'm hoping I'll have better luck here in NY than I did in MA where none of the stores carried anything. Already have had good luck at the tag sales here this year. Found more than I would have in three years of tag saling back in MA.
  12. More than welcome, Carrie! Everyone can calm down about these being ornaments, they're definitely not. I did a little digging and found the clip-on set that is being used as a placeholder on GF's ad. I have never heard of an indoor tree ornament being referred to as a blow-mold, so I didn't think that was possible. Besides, GF doesn't make ornaments, that's what Hallmark is for. Seeing as this is on GF's main page, I don't think it's a rumor. They seem committed to it. I doubt they would abandon it considering that they've laid out goodness knows how much money in licensing fees and new mold fees for this. It was just as I thought, they needed a temporary placeholder photo until they have the painted blow-molded prototypes ready. As the ad says, "in development" they're only at the design stage right now. I am sure they'll be very fussy over the final look of the characters. Here is the set they used: http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MIB-PEANUTS-MINI-FIGURES-CLIP-SET-CHARLIE-BROWN-/360280898271?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53e26a3adf#ht_1498wt_836
  13. I didn't see a thread on this, but this is some really exciting news for all of us who have been waiting for a complete Peanuts blow-mold line. I wanted to share this in case it wasn't known yet. Says it is coming for the 2011 season. I am really excited about this one! They're using Peanuts keychain ornament type figures for the photo, since the prototypes aren't ready yet, so I wouldn't assume this will be the final look. http://peanuts.com http://www.genfoam.com/index.cfm
  14. Rick, Mel and I are still interested in having you contribute your pictures to Blow-Molded, if you are still interested please get in touch.
  15. You'll have to keep them well protected or inside, otherwise you won't have them to enjoy at all in a year or two. I'd rather keep them inside than not have them at all due to the weather or an accident.
  16. Yes, this Santa was only made by Beco then GF, who still makes it to this day. Empire did not make it, nor did Poloron.
  17. Mel, I imported your post here so that people could read your information and see the pictures since you need a membership to view MHD threads and posts. Hope you don't mind. As everyone can see the GF edition is far more cheaply made. There is no label, C7 light kit or window frames.
  18. That's the Union Products 25" Gravestone #56460, made from 1998 until 2006. They aren't being made any longer and the mold for them no longer exists. It would have been destroyed by Faster-Form at the time they scrapped all the UP holiday molds. Seasons L.A. has several UP items listed on their site, though they are no longer available. I suppose they may have some old stock of some, but more than likely they haven't updated the site to reflect the changes. Good luck on finding some, if you do, I would make sure to get them while you have the chance.
  19. I actually had thought of that, but thus far no results. The problem is I have no point of reference since it really could be from numerous things in totally different categories.
  20. Excellent, thank you! I thought probably with all the tech know-how here someone might have an idea or know of someone who would. I'd be using it for the same purpose. I did check auto parts and the like, but it's too small to have been one. The large holes are only 1/2" at the most. I did speak with someone who actually used them, they did say they weren't custom made, it was something that was found that happened to work for that purpose. He didn't know where they came from though.
  21. This is really quite off topic and isn't Christmas related, but I thought it would be possible someone here may know the answer, it falls in the engineering/machining category. I am trying to locate this aluminum clamp shown below- Does anyone know what this clamp is from or was intended for? In the picture it is being used to hold a lav microphone for puppeteering. It was not intended for this use originally, that is all I know. The wire loop was added for holding a foam pop screen. I cannot find this clamp anywhere on the web and need someone to identify it for me. I don't even know what to search under other than "aluminum clamp", which isn't working. I would like to find these so I don't have to have them custom machined.
  22. Still available... going on eBay soon if no one is interested.
  23. He was made by Sun Hill and later Grand Venture, not General Foam. Sun Hill - Easter Grand Venture - Easter
  24. Exactly. Those are the only governing factors.
  25. Those are the Union Products #1000 Candle Set. Here is the instruction sheet for them- Blow-Molded - Instruction Manuals - Page 3 We don't have a picture of the candles for Blow-Molded yet though.
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