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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. Yes, it is a paint gun but they are referred to as airbrushes within the industry since they function the same way, just on a larger scale and with a paint feed line instead of a reservoir. Iwata makes large commercial sprayers and they are still labeled as airbrushes. You know, I think the worst thing about the GF paint that I haven't seen anyone point out is the paint thickness. The light doesn't show through on any of the slightly darker colors. I couldn't believe it when Matilda posted the image of her GF train when she first got it, here it is here- The green might as well be black! That is all because they are spraying too much paint on. If you look at any of their paint jobs, it's as if their applying multiple coats as though they were painting a house.
  2. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. As has been discussed, GF's customer service is seriously lacking, to say the least. Your best option at this point would be to take a a round-end broom handle and pop out the dents if they're accessible that way. I would imagine with the engine you might be able to reach your hand to the dent and press it out that way. If the dents don't want to pop, heat them up with a hair dryer then press them out and hold them there until the plastic cools. Best of luck!
  3. Empire only ever made the one from the Poloron mold, if yours has has the 5 1/2" plate indent on the back with the Empire 3 7/8" plastic plate mounted on it, it is the same. I imagine they ground the info off off of it and never replaced it with their own. The information that you can't make out might be the original Poloron info. Also, check to see if the cord exit hole is still on the back, on the Poloron molds this was very distinctive and easy to recognize in it's style. Just put him side by side with the Poloron one. As you know GF is currently producing it, too.
  4. Shawn's right, this is really a very common piece and really not worth spending a fortune on. You're definitely not being a tightwad Jim, I'd be waiting for a good deal on one as well.
  5. LOL, no, NOMA didn't make them. They just sold the Empire and Poloron products through their later catalogs.
  6. The ones with no eyes are especially creepy.
  7. For those looking for the Blow-Molded website address, it is Blow-Molded.com. If you click the logo link in my signature, it will also take you to the website.

  8. Well at least we now know that Poloron was still making the 48" Standing Illuminated Post Lamp in '77 and the 38" Standing Candle in '78. Notice how they used the actual Poloron item numbers for both. So I would assume we can mark the lamp post as discontinued for 1977 on Blow-Molded. As you and I know, NOMA was selling a lot of Poloron and Empire molds, seen here obviously.
  9. Looks gorgeous, it's all beautiful but I'm particularly partial to the Candyland area and the Frostyville. I'm really liking the idea with the toy soldiers both you and Tom did, I was thinking about what I could do with them if I got a lot. The handmade signs are fantastic, are the street sign handmade as well? As I mentioned, you sure have a lot of talent and are extremely creative. I just upload my images to Imageshack, then paste the code into my posts using the forum image link button, it's the little yellow square with the mountain range on it. This way you can put as many photos in one post as you want and they show up in actual size too. Did you get my PM by the way?
  10. That is really neat, it's funny how it says "use indoor", and then goes on to say "Includes stakes to secure unit to ground."
  11. Congratulations on the successful conversion!
  12. Kinda poignant to see Seasons LA still has Empire listed as "Preferred supplier for this manufacture year after year." for that particular item.
  13. Jim, For the complete history of the company, check out this biography - http://www.oldchristmaslights.com/noma_story.htm I'm surprised you don't remember them, I remember seeing almost all NOMA lights and bulbs in the stores growing up until the late 90's. Of course by then it was only a brand, but still predominant.
  14. I would think you could fit a standard light kit in those, couldn't you?
  15. Yeah, I thought it would be more appreciated over here though.
  16. I agree that is in terrible taste. I'm sorry, Christmas is not and should not be about or associated with any kind of violence. This is like my thread Inflatables Of Mass Destruction, that article makes a lot of good points. It was hilarious, but an igloo with a tank cannon??
  17. An excellent, extremely well written hilarious article, thought everyone in here would get a good laugh out of it. I was almost in tears I was laughing so hard! December 18, 11:31 AMCulture & Sociology ExaminerWilliam Elliott Hazelgrove My neighbor has an armed igloo on his front lawn. Seriously. He also has elves and sleds and santas and a protoplasmic globe. But the armored turret was the latest addition and I had to stop and think about the Christmas dirigibles that now populate the suburban and urban landscape. The igloo rises up to a rotunda with a twenty millimeter gun (about battleship size in relative proportion) that actually rotates around the top of the igloo and comes to a dead stop facing my house. Then the turret continues rotating away and the gun points out to a field. Merry Christmas. Now when I first saw the turret turn and point directly at my house I thought there might be some nefarious design. We are of different political persuasions and I thought well maybe it has come to this, an inflatable armed igloo that takes aim directly at my living room. Now these blowy things are always fully illuminated and so at night the slow Panzer like movement of the turret is a bit ominous. There is a slight whir of the compressor and a hiss of the rubberized plastic sliding as the gun comes to a slow halt. I wondered then if my neighbor read my columns in the Examiner. But no. The gun then rotated away and I realized that these strange octopuses of easy marketing and Christmas Cheer are really not evil as much as tacky. The globe of some sort of Matrix design is really the culmination of Hindenburg cheer. If one ventures close enough one can see a baby Jesus and Mary entombed in a fuzzy plastic dome. But unfortunately, we live in a harsh climate and sun and extreme cold blur the globe until it looks like an incubator for a gigantic chicken. You may or may not like these inflatables of the Yuletide. Certainly they are more in keeping with instant Christmas. Why bother with stringing up lights or putting up a wreath when you can easily go to Walmart and get a motorized armed igloo? Now I have to wonder though at the thought process of the armed domicile of our Eskimo friends to the North. I mean when you go looking for your tree or decorations then you should be having pleasant thoughts of Christmas Cheer and family and home and hearth. So I wonder how the igloo with the Panzer cannon sticking out of the side hit my neighbor. Maybe a sort of Ho Ho Ho...blow them all to ****. Or wont' an armored igloo look good on our lawn honey? And look how it rotates! Or this will keep that freak with the white beard away. Or maybe, this will show all those liberal gun restricting bleeding hearts what Christmas is really all about. Lock and Load Baby! On second thoughts, maybe my neighbor does read my column. William Hazelgrove writes in Ernest Hemingway's attic. His latest book is Rocket Man http://www.billhazelgrove.com
  18. Great tip. These also have been available for years at Toys R Us and other toy stores. I know of a lot of people who do that as a replacement.
  19. Looks great Tom, excellent layout. Your perfectionism payed off well. I'm the same way, although I just kind of threw everything out this year, but I had it almost entirely laid out in my head before hand. I really love the Merry Christmas sign, and snowman grouping (I have always grouped them in choir style setup, they look great that way I think) although I think my favorite is the commercial christmas lantern you hung from the telephone pole.
  20. Well it would depend on who manufactured the one you're looking at. If it's Poloron, then yes, it's rare. Of course, I'm not aware of many of any of the original stables surviving, since they were made out of actual wood. Most people make their own as far as I know. I would think that would be more economical.
  21. I'm with Carrie, for me it just gives me stronger resolve. Last year I had a small hard plastic Union snowman kicked to pieces, the night before I was going to take everything in, no less. Vandalism is more a concern to me than stealing, everything is locked down tight and it would be near impossible to take off with it. I did replace the snowman and this year I have two 18 watt CFL 100 watt equivalent spotlights I made from the large clip lights that I leave on all night long after I shut the display off. These illuminate the entire yard and driveway, so anyone coming in would be pretty foolish. The neighbors and anyone driving by would see everything. I think it's been an excellent deterrent. I can also look out from the third floor and see everything.
  22. Bill, excellent! Thanks for sharing that, I will definitely use that repair method should I need to. You're like me with lighting the deer, I took both my Poloron deer and put two standard light kits in them, two 40 watt equivalent CFL's per deer. Literally the whole deer lights up now, from nose to tail. Eighty watts worth of light looks incredible in them. Of course it was easier to mod, since they have the removable heads. I didn't have to modify the deer itself at all. I just took a piece of aluminum stock and made a cross brace that fits over the neck and rests in the two notches on either side of the neck with holes for the mounting screws to go through. Anyone who has the Poloron deer will know. I then mounted one socket on the middle of the brace pointing down, and one pointing up into the neck.
  23. Thanks, unfortunately I don't have a FedEx Office (formerly Kinko's) here. All I have is the UPS Store. That would be ideal though, great price too. I do know the font for the lantern, after some searching under "Christmas fonts" I found it. It's Old English Text MT. I also have the font file, so if I find a place to do it I can give them the font on a CD if they don't have it. I actually did go to a small local business called the Sign Shop, but their service was terrible. I waited for a couple weeks and they never did the job. They kept telling me "we'll get to it tomorrow" when I'd call. I found out that a lot of other customers weren't happy with them either. One guy walked out on them when I was there collecting my files to take back. So if anyone has any other possibilities, that would be wonderful. Thanks for the help everyone!
  24. My friend Carl has a Poloron one that I refurbished and repainted, if I get some time I can try and take a video of it and post it. Right now I'm too busy with Christmas coming up, but after the holidays I should be able to.
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